As I lay Perishing Characters
As I lay Dying Characters
- Addie Bundren– The spouse of Anse Bundren and mom to Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman. Addie is a mostly absent lead character, and her death activates the novel’s action. She is a former schoolteacher whose bitter, loveless life causes her to abhor her other half and to invest all of her love in her preferred child, Gem, rather than in the rest of her household or God
- Anse Bundren– The head of the Bundren family. Anse is a bad farmer affected with a hunchback, whose instincts are overwhelmingly selfish. His poor childrearing abilities seem to be largely accountable for his children’s different circumstances. Alternately disliked and disrespected by his children, Anse nonetheless prospers in attaining his 2 biggest objectives in one fell swoop: burying his dead partner in her hometown of Jefferson, and acquiring a new set of incorrect teeth.
- Darl Bundren– The second Bundren child. Darl is the most delicate and articulate of the surviving Bundrens and delivers the best variety of interior monologues in the novel. As the household encounters disaster upon disaster throughout the trip, Darl’s disappointment with the whole procedure leads him to attempt to end things decisively by incinerating his dead mother’s coffin.
- Gem — The bastard child of Addie and Whitfield, the minister
- Money Bundren — The eldest Bundren kid and a skilled carpenter
- Dewey Dell Bundren — The only Bundren kid. Seventeen and got pregnant. Extremely desperate.
- Vardeman Bundren — The youngest of the Bundren children. Blames peabody for killing Addie. Views her death the like he caught a fish. Innocent. Beats Peabody’s horse.
- Vernon Tull — he is their wealthier next-door neighbor he works with Darl, Gem, and Money for odd jobs
- Cora Tull — Married to vernon who tries to keep the peace, she rags on everyone, talks about what Addie thinks about her boys, consumed with chickens, believes Addie does not actually love, child is Kate who does Bunsden family eggs– > cake, Explains Addie as the best cook, narrow-minded constantly thought she was right, assists Addie, sees herself as a servant of god whose misison in life is to keep tull in line
- Peabody — The seriously overweight rural physician who takes care of Addie and later on to Money. Peabody is incredibly important of the way Anse treats his children.