As I Lay Dying is the story of Addie Bundren's family, who must bring her body to Jefferson to be buried after she dies. Anse, Addie's husband, Cash, Darl, Jewel, and Vardaman, her four sons, and Dewey Dell, her daughter, face many obstacles on their journey, as each simultaneously attempts to resolve their own personal issues. The novel explores death, identity, and meaning through the Bundren family's relationships to each other.
Below is a list of As I Lay Dying Cliff Notes and As I Lay Dying SparkNotes. Not looking for a As I Lay Dying summary? Search above for 5000 other chapter summaries, curated from popular sites like SparkNotes and Cliff Notes.
Review: The most popular website for book notes. SparkNotes was created by students for students, and their summaries are accessible and extremely well-written. Besides the usual plot overview, chapter summaries, and character analysis, SparkNotes differentiates itself with a section discussing themes, motifs, and symbols.
Review: Boasting the largest collection of book summaries, BookRags is the best option for titles you can't find elsewhere. They offer all of the basics (quotes, chapter summary, characters, historical context, literary criticism) but also walk through a few major topics that recur throughout the book, which can be particularly useful for writing essays.
Review: The original provider of professionally-written study guides, Cliffs Notes were available in print form before the Internet even existed. Their content is very comprehensive and includes an analysis of characters, detailed chapter by chapter summaries, critical essays, essay topics, and many other sections.
Review: Barron's Book Notes is a trusted brand that excels in its literary analysis of elements like setting, themes, style, point of view, form, and structure, as well as its sample quizzes. They also have the requisite book summary and chapter breakdown. But beware the pop-up ads and outdated web design!
Review: You won't get any frills with GradeSaver -- just the content you expect. Their study guides include a full plot summary, themes and character analysis, study questions, and the e-text of the book. One hidden gem is their collection of literature essays, but you'll have to pay for it.