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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

by William Faulkner

Women and Femininity Quotes

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Quote #4

And that’s why I can talk to [Darl] with knowing with hating because he knows.

Dewey Dell is referring to the fact that Darl knows she had sex with Lafe. She clearly associates a great deal of shame with her actions.

Quote #5

"Poor Anse," I say. "She kept him at work for thirty-odd years. I reckon she is tired."

"And I reckon she’ll be behind him for thirty years more," Kate says. "Or if it ain’t her, he’ll get another one before cotton-picking." (8.42-3)

Anse doesn’t care who his wife is as long as he has a woman taking care of him.

Quote #6

She watches me: I can feel her eyes. It’s like she was shoving at me with them. I have seen it before in women. Seen them drive from the room them coming with sympathy and pity, with actual help, and clinging to some trifling animal to whom they never were more than pack-horses. (11.27)

Addie was treated like a servant in her own home – this is the position woman have in this novel.

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