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As I Lay Dying William Faulkner

  • Addie Bundren– Addie is the wife of Anse and the mother of Money, Darl, Gem, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman.
  • Anse Bundren– Anse is Addie’s widower, the daddy of all the kids but Jewel.
  • Money Bundren– Money is an experienced and valuable carpenter and the oldest kid of the household. In his late twenties, he constructs Addie’s coffin.
  • Darl Bundren– The 2nd eldest of Addie’s children, Darl is about 2 years younger than Money. Darl is the most articulate character in the book; he narrates 19 of the 59 chapters.
  • Gem Bundren– Gem is the third of the Bundren kids, more than likely around nineteen years of age. A half-brother to the other kids and the favorite of Addie, he is the illegitimate child of Addie and Reverend Whitfield. The majority of, if not all, of the characters aside from Addie appear unaware of this.
  • Dewey Dell Bundren– Dewey Dell is the only daughter of Anse and Addie Bundren; at seventeen years old, she is the 2nd youngest of the Bundren kids.
  • Vardaman Bundren– Vardaman is the youngest Bundren child, somewhere in between seven and 10 years old.
  • Vernon Tull– Vernon is a buddy of the Bundrens, who appears in the book as a good farmer, less spiritual than his wife.
  • Cora Tull– Cora is the better half of Vernon Tull, a next-door neighbor of Addie’s who is with her at her death. She is extremely religious and this shows in her language.
  • Eula Tull– Cora and Vernon’s daughter.
  • Kate Tull– Cora and Vernon’s other child.
  • Peabody– Peabody is the Bundrens’ physician; he narrates two chapters of the book. Anse sends out for him quickly prior to Addie’s death. This is far too late for Peabody to do anything more than to watch Addie pass away. Towards the end of the book, when he is dealing with Money’s leg, Peabody provides an exceptional assessment of Anse and the whole Bundren household from the perspective of the community at big. Dr. Peabody is likewise a recurring character in the Yoknapatawpha County universe.
  • Lafe– Lafe is a farmer who has impregnated Dewey Dell and given her $10 to get an abortion.
  • Reverend Whitfield– Whitfield is the local minister with whom Addie had an affair, resulting in the birth of Jewel.
  • Samson– Samson is a regional farmer who lets the Bundren family stay with him the first night on their journey to Jefferson. Samson’s better half, Rachel, is revolted with the method the household is treating Addie by dragging her casket through the countryside.
  • Other storytellers: MacGowan, Moseley, and Armstid
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