Madness In As I Lay Dying

In the book As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner the issue of madness plays a major role in the events of this book. The journey that the Bundrens take to bury Addie during this book is told through multiple narrations by each character making the truth a little skewed. There are a few characters in the book that can be considered “crazy” or “mad” at first glance but when their behaviors are studied more closely it can be determined that they might not be crazy at all. The two main characters that would be considered mad by the majority of the characters and readers of this book in general is the second oldest son Darl and the youngest Vardaman. Darl is classified by most of the ...

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by his thought process. After the death of his mother Vardaman thinks his “mom is a fish.” Darl and Vardaman might seem “mad” at first but when this “madness” is looked at with a “discerning eye” it can actually be judged reasonable.
Throughout the novel Darl is the most reliable narrator up until the part where he supposedly goes “mad.” So when Darl goes “mad” who can the reader turn to for the most objective view? Which member of the Bundren family can they trust when they say Darl is crazy? The fact that the entire family members think that Darl went insane makes the readers believe the same. Darl knows that what he did was for the better but he is outnumbered by the rest of the characters thoughts and opinions that shape the readers own opinion. Cash explains it well when he says, “It's like it aint so much what a fellow does, but it's the way the majority of folks is looking at him when he does it.” When the characters first find out that Darl was in fact the one ...

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