Darl Bundren

Display Name: 
Darl Bundren
Sort Name: 
Bundren, Darl
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Lower Class
Rank: 
Minor
Vitality: 
Alive
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Biography: 

Darl Bundren is major character in As I Lay Dying (1930). His inability to fit into the conventional world anticipates Uncle Willy's story in some respects. At the end of his story, Darl is forcibly taken to what the narrator of "Uncle Willy" refers to as "the asylum at Jackson" (228) - though he is escorted by two state agents rather than, as in this story's account, a single deputy sheriff. Darl is a country man, and in the novel there is no indication that Jefferson even notices when he is carried away, so it's interesting that the juvenile narrator of the story, who would have been thirteen years old on the "day last summer" it happened, refers to that event twice (228, 229).

Disability: 
psychosocially impaired
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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