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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

  

by William Faulkner

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Character Role Analysis

Cora Tull and Addie Bundren

We get to compare these two during Cora’s and, later Addie’s, narrations. Cora is devoutly religious; Addie had an affair with the minister. Cora embraces femininity and motherhood; Addie finds love and family to be hollow, meaningless terms. Cora loves her husband – we think; Addie hates Anse and the entire concept of marriage.