Study Guide

As I Lay Dying Three Act Plot Analysis

By William Faulkner

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

Everyone waits for Addie to die. Then…she dies.

Act II

The Bundrens’ journey to Jefferson is rough and full of obstacles, including the weather, sabotage from within the family, and general hatred/mutual animosity between the family members themselves. The act ends when Darl burns down the Gillespie barn.

Act III

The family arrives in Jefferson only to have Darl dragged off to be institutionalized. Addie is buried, Dewey Dell doesn’t get an abortion, Cash’s leg is ruined, and Anse welcomes a new Mrs. Bundren to the family.

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