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Essay on Addie Bundren in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying

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Addie Bundren in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying Woman is the source and sustainer of virtue and also a prime source of bad. She can be either; as she's, as man is not, always a little beyond good and evil. With her powerful all-natural drive and her intuition for the real and concrete, she doesn't need to agonize over her decisions. There's no hint for her to master, no initiation for her to undergo. Because of this she's access to your wisdom that is veiled from person; and man's codes, bad or good, are always, in their own formal abstraction, a bit ridiculous in her eyes ... 1 In William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," all roads lead to Addie. As Diane York Blaine aptly observes: "The title informs us that this is her story." 2 it's quite surprising, then, that Addie, the center of the novel, was so slighted by the lack of criticism regarding her by the first half of the century. The reason for this is self-reflexively linked to Addie's dilemma in the publication. As Addie is not able to define herself through anything but words that signify the oppressive patriarchal culture to what she's opposed, early criticism only evaluated her in such conditions, focusing less on Addie's first person narrative, and much more about what other characters in the publication (the men) had to say regarding her. However, the changing political and social tides of the 1960's and 1970's gave rise to feminist criticism, which was at least partially able to break from their patriarchal infrastructure, also evaluate her under a new pair of values, providing new insight into her character, and so, to the novel as a whole. There's a conspicuous lack of premature criticism regarding Addi...

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