As I Lay Dying

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As I Lay Dying 38. Cash Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Cash once again repeats the sentence, "It wasn't on a balance," referring to the coffin. He remembers telling the other Bundrens that if they wanted the coffin to be balanced, they should balance it.
Even in the face of catastrophe, Cash's obsessive mind continues to show itself, revealing the unromantic ways that loved ones cope with grief and other difficulty, especially within a family unit as strange as the Bundrens. Cash's identity as a carpenter and tendency to situate himself as a martyr makes him a Christ-like figure throughout the novel, giving further relevance to the theme of religion and faith.
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