The Bundren household live on their farm in Yoknapatawpha County, an imaginary rural county in Mississippi. They are extremely bad, and the clan matriarch, Addie Bundren, is nearing death. Cash, the oldest son of the family, is a carpenter. As a last present to his mother, he makes a casket for her outside the window of the space where she lies dying. Anse, the household’s foolish and weak patriarch, sends two boys, Darl and Gem, on a lumber shipping task that will net the household a couple of extra dollars. Darl and Gem set off, Darl knowing that it implies he will not exist for his mother’s death. Midtrip, they have a mishap, and are required to turn back; however Addie Bundren has actually currently passed away.
Money finishes the coffin and they hold a funeral service. Darl and Gem set off again. Dewey Dell, the only woman of the household, nurses her own tricks: she is pregnant, and will seek an abortion in town. Vardaman, the youngest kid, is shocked horribly by his mom’s death, and continues to confuse her with the fish he caught and eliminated earlier that very same day. Darl and Jewel return, and the household triggers to transport the body to Jefferson. It was Addie’s longstanding dream to be buried amongst her birth family there.
Storms have actually made the journey hard. The bridges are washed away, and after a night at Samson’s farm the Bundrens wind up having to backtrack to discover a fordable part of the river. The stink is ending up being more noticeable, and buzzards follow the wagon. The attempted crossing is disastrous: Cash’s leg is broken, and he almost drowns. The mules are killed. But Gem manages to save the coffin from drifting away downstream.
The Bundrens nestle at Armstid’s farm. To purchase new mules, Anse sells Gem’s horse behind Gem’s back. The stink of the body is becoming more powerful, and the household triggers in a rush.
In Mottson, Dewey Dell attempts unsuccessfully to discover a druggist who will give her an abortion treatment. Meanwhile, the household has problem with the sheriff, due to the horrifying smell of the body, and the Bundrens buy cement to make a cast for Cash’s leg.
The Bundrens seek shelter at the Gillespie farm. No longer able to stand what is occurring to the body, Darl sets fire to the barn in which the casket is housed. Jewel manages to conserve the casket, but the barn burns to the ground. Meanwhile, Cash’s leg is plainly seriously hurt, and the cement cast has just made matters worse.
The next day, they arrive in Jefferson and bury Addie. Because of plans made by his own family, Darl is caught and removed to a psychological institution in Jackson. Money sees Peabody, the county medical professional, who does the very best he can for the damage leg. Dewey Dell is fooled by a shop assistant, and ends up trading sex for a bogus abortion treatment. Anse, his other half simply recently buried, finds a brand-new partner in town. As the Bundrens are setting off to return home, he brings the lady out and introduces her as his brand-new bride.