“But now I can get them teeth. That will be a comfort. It will.” –Anse (As I Lay Dying chapter 28.)When most people lose a loved one it can be the most devastating event that happens to a person, but not to Anse Bundren.When Addie Bundren passed away, after being sick for quite a while, Anse, her long time husband, was focused on only one thing, himself. Anse does not take responsibility of his family, he depends on his multiple children for an income, and he is erroneous for his actions.
Using God to justify his laziness, greed, and selfishness Anse is the most unreliable character in As I Lay Dying.
Anse Bundren was a worker of his own farm. He had his own land, cattle, and fields.He did not live with his own parents on his farm. He would pass a schoolhouse on his way to town and one day caught a glimpse of the schoolteacher, Addie. After passing her schoolhouse multiple times Anse finally gained the courage to talk to her.
After Anse asked, Addie accepted a marriage proposal and settled on the idea that she would marry a man like Anse.Even though Addie was not overly thrilled to marry Anse she did not think her life would end in a miserable, unloving marriage. When Addie realized how unhappy her life had become she stated, “So I took Anse. And when I knew that I had Cash, I knew that living was terrible and that this was the answer to it.
That was when I learned that words are no good; that words don’t ever fit even what they are trying to say at.”. Addie and Anse had four children; Cash, Darl, Dewey Dell, and Vardaman. Addie then had an affair with the reverend. Reverend Whitfield and Addie had a son, Jewel.Jewel was Addie’s escape, he was her favorite child and looking at him made her remember the happier times in her life.
When Anse’s sons got old enough Anse put them to work on the farm. Anse’s excuse for his laziness is that “if he sweats, he will die”.Anse’s children never saw him sweat, b…