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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying


by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying Women and Femininity Quotes

How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Section.Paragraph) Every "section" is marked by a shift in narrative point of view.

Quote #1

Then I would wait until they all went to sleep so I could lie with my shirt-tail up, hearing them asleep, feeling myself without touching myself, feeling the cool silence blowing upon my parts and wondering if Cash was yonder in the darkness doing it too, had been doing it perhaps for the last two years before I could have wanted to or could have. (3.3)

Darl, too, associates shame with his sexuality. (He’s talking about masturbation here, by the way.)

Quote #2

"Don’t tell me," I said. "A woman’s place is with her husband and children, alive or dead. Would you expect me to want to go back to Alabama and leave you and the girls when my time comes, that I left of my own will to cast my lot with yours for better and worse, until death and after?" […] When I lay me down in the consciousness of my duty and reward I will be surrounded by loving faces, carrying the farewell kiss of each of my loved ones into my reward. (6.9-11)

Cora is a firm believer in the standards of womanhood which Addie rejected.

Quote #3

I said if it dont mean for me to do it the sack will not be full and I will turn up the next row but if the sack is full, I cannot help it. It will be that I had to do it all the time and I cannot help it. (7.2)

Dewey Dell bases her decision on something arbitrary (cotton-picking), so she doesn’t have to feel responsible for the consequences.

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