The Mock-Epic Journey
On their epic journey, the Bundrens encounter boon companions, or helpers, like Tull, Samson and Peabody. In addition, many epics such as the classic Greek Iliad involve rescuing a helpless princess or queen who is oftentimes locked up. But while all of the Bundrens, with the exception of Darl, might believe they are rescuing a queen-their mother-they are in reality only looking out to satisfy their own selfish desires.
Words vs. Actions
Jewel, on the other hand, unlike Darl is a man of action. We first meet him walking non-stop through a house. He is never at rest, constantly in motion-riding horses, throwing rocks, diving under the water, running like lightning into the burning barn. A man of few words-he only has one monologue-his mother loved him best.
As I Lay Dying: Theme Analysis