The Bundren family members reside on their ranch in Yoknapatawpha Area, an imaginary country county in Mississippi. They are extremely poor, as well as the clan matriarch, Addie Bundren, is nearing fatality. Money, the earliest boy of the family members, is a carpenter. As a last present to his mother, he makes a coffin for her outside the window of the space where she exists passing away. Anse, the household’s silly and also weak patriarch, sends 2 children, Darl as well as Gem, on a lumber shipping job that will net the household a couple of extra dollars. Darl and also Gem triggered, Darl knowing that it suggests he will certainly not be present for his mommy’s death. Midtrip, they have a mishap, and are required to reverse; yet Addie Bundren has actually already died.
Money finishes the casket and also they hold a funeral solution. Darl and also Gem set off once again. Dewey Dell, the only woman of the family members, registered nurses her very own keys: she is pregnant, as well as will certainly look for an abortion in town. Vardaman, the youngest kid, is traumatized horribly by his mommy’s fatality, as well as remains to confuse her with the fish he captured and eliminated earlier that very same day. Darl as well as Jewel return, as well as the family triggers to transfer the body to Jefferson. It was Addie’s historical desire to be hidden among her birth family members there.
Tornados have made the trip challenging. The bridges are washed away, and after a night at Samson’s farm the Bundrens wind up needing to backtrack to find a fordable component of the river. The smell is becoming a lot more visible, as well as buzzards adhere to the wagon. The attempted going across is dreadful: Cash money’s leg is broken, and also he nearly drowns. The mules are eliminated. However Gem takes care of to conserve the coffin from drifting away downstream.
The Bundrens nestle at Armstid’s ranch. To acquire brand-new mules, Anse offers Gem’s horse behind Gem’s back. The odor of the body is ending up being more powerful, and the family members triggers in a hurry.
In Mottson, Dewey Dell attempts unsuccessfully to locate a druggist who will provide her an abortion therapy. On the other hand, the household has problem with the constable, because of the horrible odor of the body, and also the Bundrens purchase cement to make a cast for Cash’s leg.
The Bundrens look for sanctuary at the Gillespie farm. No more able to stand what is taking place to the body, Darl sets fire to the barn in which the coffin is housed. Jewel takes care of to save the casket, however the barn burns to the ground. On the other hand, Money’s leg is plainly seriously hurt, and the cement cast has only made matters worse.
The next day, they show up in Jefferson as well as hide Addie. As a result of arrangements made by his own family, Darl is caught and also taken off to a psychological organization in Jackson. Cash sees Peabody, the region physician, that does the very best he can for the damage leg. Dewey Dell is misleaded by a store assistant, and winds up trading sex for a fake abortion treatment. Anse, his wife just lately hidden, finds a brand-new wife in town. As the Bundrens are setting off to return house, he brings the female out and also presents her as his brand-new bride-to-be.