His monologue is, however, self-righteous. That will be a comfort. One day Addie returned Anse's looking and Anse quickly looked away. Dewey Dell is in the Mottson pharmacy. Vardaman shows up with a fish. He figures that once the fish is cooked and his family members eat it, their mother will be alive in them.
Dell knew that Addie vehemently hated deceit, and that she hated herself for hiding food for Jewel. As the book opens, Addie is alive, though in ill health. Whitfield, upon learning of Addie's condition, knew that he had to perform his duties as a minister shortly. Addie resents having children with Anse. By losing the confrontation with her father, her life became one of preparing for her death, and Darl became for her a son who was born to prepare for his death. He is the one building the coffin, he is the one hired to work on other people's barns Vernon's, for example , and he is a perfectionist at least when it comes to his own work; Vernon notes that Cash never works with the same meticulousness on other people's property.
James Mellard remarks about this famous opening: It is fairly plain, from the beginning of the novel, that Faulkner is at least laying down a realistic base. Vardaman then compares his mom to a fish, but dismisses such a notion because the fish was laying right there in the dirt. He warns him of the vacuity of the life: even if a man wants to live with hope and desire, he is fated to die, and even if he resists time, he will be defeated by it and learn only his own folly and desire. Darl is the first and most important narrator of the novel. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1980. Addie might show up at Church every Sunday, but not actually be there to honor God.
Refusing to let her lie in the same earth with those Bundrens. References to self, clearly absent in monologue one, play an integral role in monologue nineteen. As a young man, Anse already had a hump. Worked every day, rain or shine; never a sick day since her last chap was born until one day she kind of looked around her and then she went and taken that lace-trimmed night gown she had had forty-five years and never wore out of the chest and put it on and laid down on the bed and pulled the covers up and shut her eyes. A Bundren through and through, loving nobody, caring for nothing expect for how to get something with the least amount of work. Cash is a carpenter, and his identity is wrapped up in his work. William Faulkner: Modern Critical View.
In order to avoid financial debts, the family proclaims him mentally disturbed. Pa doesn't sweat - if he does - he supposedly will die. So Darl lashes out, mostly by taunting Jewel in what, from yet another perspective, seems incredibly cruel. Led charge to have Darl committed to the asylum in Jackson. And before you are emptied for sleep, what are you.
The farmers were placed in a predicament after the Civil War because the plantation system continued to exist as a sharecropping system, the exploitation of labor relations dependant upon a cheap labor force and the rule over the land continued, and the economic disparity between town and village grew. Since his life and death instincts are so drastically uneven, he is forced to see only the reality of each situation. This absence of a connection hurt Darl mentally. Again, he is a perfectionist. Cash ignores Pa, who is only concerned about worldly matters at the moment. Throughout the novel, Jewel exhibited quiet anger at everything, as when he nearly started a fight on the road into Jefferson with passers-by commenting on the smell of Addie's decomposing body. Cash says it is better to build a tight chicken coop than a shoddy courthouse because for him, it is the quality of work that gives him pleasure, not the purpose of the work.
Darl teams up with Jewel, while both Cash and Vernon oppose the decision to use Vernon's mule. Darl contemplates how hard it is to determine whether you are alive when you are asleep. Cora disagrees with Vernon on Darl. Compson and lived in the same spiritual climate of life overshadowed by death. He dislikes how Vernon sends for him in the nick of time and therefore gets the most for his money.
He, therefore, has to seek his mother's love directly, and so he sets fire to her corpse. Vardaman lives also in a vegetative world, and his is also a world of confusion. The journey mixed with the lies and deceitfulness of his family members made him come off as crazy. Faulkner repeatedly introduces the theme of the fall of paternity after the War in several of his works; for example, there is Mr. That would certainly explain why he knows everything — narrators are traditionally by nature omniscient regarding the stories they tell. It's like some folks has the smooth, pretty boards to build a courthouse with and others dont have no more than rough lumber fitten to build a chicken coop.
Behind the corpse that he sets fire to, he sees an offspring of the postwar southern society: the cultural plight of a climate rife with nihilism, the fall of paternity caused by economic misery, and the lack of maternal love. She is a deeply religious woman and virtuous to a fault. The family's trek by wagon begins, with Addie's non-embalmed body in the coffin. A hangover is caused by alcohol withdrawal, so by consuming more alcohol, one can delay the effects of the hangover. The log reappears and Cash tries to get Jewel to pull them ahead of the log. And since sleep is is-not and rain and wind are was , it is not.