A small number of facts are specified about Addie are presented in "As I Lay Dying:, most of which are in the one chapter that is narrated by her. She is born in Jefferson, Mississippi. Addie hated her father and stated this, although she is profoundly influenced by him saying, "That the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead a long time" (Faulkner, 758), which, according to Wolter in his essay "Southern Hesters: Hawthorne's Influence On Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, And Tennessee Williams.", translates to,"… that life is senseless and nothing has value (33). Addie was a teacher before she married, and as such, was educated. It is apparent by her statement, "In the afternoon when school was out and the last one had left with his little dirty snuffling nose, instead of going home I would go down the hill to the spring where I could be quiet and hate them" (Faulkner, 758), she did not enjoy teaching. Addie married Anse Bundren after noticing him pass by the schoolhouse on several occasions. Anse and Addie never dated. Anse came by the spring where she often went after school and asked her to marry him and she did (Faulkn...
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