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It all started when Addie Bundren, wife of Anse Bundren, became ill and passed away. She left one request for when she died, which was buried in Jefferson next to her dad. Since her household is bad, everything which must be done is done all by hand from the household. Cash, Addie's oldest son, has to construct the coffin that they'll bury Addie in. To try and give her a "last present," Cash makes the decision to construct the coffin right outside of Addie's window as she lays in her bed, dying. "Since the family moves toward the unfamiliar landscape and community of Jefferson and toward new social identities, they're compelled to react to pressures and restrictions which emerge in the context of new settings and social relations" (Lester). While the household takes on the adventure of travel to their destination, they experience several problems -- by drilling holes into Addie's head to falling her coffin in the river. In the long run, nothing works out in anybody's favor, except for Anse Bundren. Anse meets a new woman and decides to make her the new "Mrs. Bundren." In As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner uses a "stream-of-consciousness," multiple narrators, and symbolism to better enhance the publication and also to show the fragmentation of the south following the war. William Faulkner was born on September 25, 1897 and died on July 6, 1962. By being alive during this time period, Faulkner was able to witness first-hand the fragmentation of the south who followed the Civil War. Having witnessed this, William Faulkner gained recognition, which enabled him to successfully write about his experiences. "Following World War Imillions of rural Southerners were faced with the struggle of maintaining a method of life which was rapidly becoming extinct or of making the effort to accommodate" (Lest...