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Vardaman Analysis

Vardaman Analysis
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Christie Cee

on 26 October 2012

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Transcript of Vardaman Analysis

Vardaman, in his stream of
conscious thought, reveals himself
as an intelligent thinker through his logical yet flawed path in thinking, This links him to
Darl and his mother, both of whom
are also intelligent. Understanding nonsensical naivete A Look Into Vardaman's Mind *innocence Symbols Vardaman's Role *Fish What Vardaman Reveals What He Reveals about Himself What He Reveals About Addie What He Reveals About Other Characters *round out the novel ~different perspective ~makes connections about the Bundrens i.e., "And so if Cash nails the box up, she is not a rabbit. And so if she is not a rabbit I couldn't breath in the crib and Cash is going to nail it up. And so if she lets him it is not her." (pg 66) ~Addie and neglect ~development and coping
mechanism i.e. "She's in the box so how could she have got out out? She got out through the holes I bored, into the water I said, and when we come to the water again I am going to see her. My mother is not in the box. My mother does not smell like that. My mother is a fish. *Bananas -His thoughts reveal him to be naive and ignorant of the
world around him.
-Vardaman does not notice
or understand that anyone
else else has hidden sorrows
and emotions What Vardaman Reveals About Himself (cont...) *Train set ~child of circumstance ~always settling ~straight forward -Vardaman mentions Cash in his thoughts pgs 195-196 but never wonders if Cash isn't as comfortable as he states himself to be -Dewey Dell's role to him is a as a banana-giver a question-answerer throughout the novel (nothing else) "It's laying in the kitchen in the bleeding
pan, waiting to be cooked and et. Then it wasn't and she was, and now it is and she wasn't. And tomorrow it will be cooked and et and she will be him and pa and Cash and Dewey Dell and there wont be anything in the box and so she can
breathe" (Faulkner 66-67). Vardaman "Dewey Dell said we will get some bananas. The train is behind the glass, red on the track. When it runs the track shines on and off. Pa said flour and sugar and coffee costs so much. Because I am a country boy because boys in town. Bicycles. Why do flour and sugar and coffee cost so much when he is a country boy. "Wouldn’t you ruther have some bananas instead?" Bananas are gone, eaten. Gone. When it runs on the track shines again. "Why ain’t I a town boy, pa?" I said God made me. I did not said to God to made me in the country. If He can make the train, why can’t He make them all in the town because flour and sugar and coffee. "Wouldn’t you ruther have bananas?" (Faulkner 65-66) Symbols "Lots of people didn't go crazy. Pa and Cash and Jewel and Dewey Dell and me didn't go crazy. We never did go crazy." - Selfish and neglectful towards her children
* i.e had Dewey Dell and Vardaman to "compensate" for her affair
- Has a skewed logic that is also seen in Vardaman
- Has options and oppurtunites to be happy, show affection to her kids, escape her life, yet chooses not to - Vardaman reveals the personalities of Darl, Anse and Dewey Dell in a different light by noting their actions. Anse Anse "I gave Anse Dewey Dell to negative Jewel. Then I gave him Vardaman to replace the child I had robbed him of. And now he has three children that are his and not mine. And then I could get ready to die" (Faulkner 176). Addie - Vardaman: "Pa said flour and sugar and coffee costs so much. Because I am a country boy because boys in town" (Faulkner 66)
-Tull: "Vardaman cusses it. He cusses it like a grown man, standing a-straddle of it. Anse doesn't look around" (Faulkner 31). Darl -Vardaman: "'Jewel's mother is a horse,' Darl said...'Why?' Darl said, 'If pa is your pa, why does your ma have to be a horse just because Jewel's is?' (Faulkner 101) Dewey Dell - Vardaman: "I saw something that Dewey Dell told me not to tell anybody" (Faulkner 127). "Cash is my brother. But Jewel’s mother is a horse. My mother is a fish. Darl says that when we come to the water again I might see her and Dewey Dell said, She's in the box; how could she have got out? She got out through the holes I bored, into the water I said, and when we come to the water again I am going to see her. My mother is not in the box. My mother does not smell like that. My mother is a fish" (Faulkner 196). Vardaman - Vardaman: " My mother is a fish. Darl says that when we come to the water again I might see her and Dewey Dell said, She's in the box; how could she have got out?" (Faulkner 196) What
Vardaman Reveals i.e. pgs. 214-215 "She went away. 'Did she go as far as town?' She went further than town. 'Did all those rabbits and possums go further than town?' God made the rabbits and possums. He made the train. Why must He make a different place for them to go if she is just like the rabbit... And so if Cash nails the box up, she is not a rabbit. And so if she is not a rabbit... Cash is going to nail it up. And so if she lets him it is not her" (Faulkner 66). Vardaman By: Esther Shimanovich, Christina Gallego, and Christie Citranglo
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