A Rose For Emily And Barn Burning Analysis

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In the short stories “Barn Burning” and “A Rose for Emily,” Faulkner shows how people with two completely different lives, can share the same kind of problems. And both try and solve their problems in the same way. When both characters have bad things happen to them, their defensive side kicks in, and the only way to protect themselves is to create their own way of life. By doing this, they lose their connection to this society and their values. Both Abner Snopes, a rebellious sharecropper, and Emily Grierson, an unmarried woman from a prominent family, are isolated from their communities, and both find themselves in a kind of social dilemma. They no longer feel the need to obey to the values of their society and, as a result, are free to violate …show more content…
Emily and Abner’s father both have a hard time accepting and coping with their changing environments leading to problems with their neighbors. In both of Faulkner's stories, their way of rejecting to the changes, escalates into murder. Emily Grierson in "A Rose for Emily" and “Abner Snopes in "Barn Burning” both have a lot of differences. They are different because, Emily and Abner are on totally different sides of society economically. Emily is on the wealthy end of the ladder. She lives in a big house and owns property.” It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street” (Faulkner). Abner is very poor; he is a sharecropper, with no house or land. Another difference between them is in family. Abner has children and a wife. Emily doesn’t have a family. For the most part she is alone. Although Emily and Abner have some differences, they also have a lot in common. William Faulkner structures the plots of these two stories differently. However, both of the stories note the effect of a fathers teaching in both the stories. Abner and Emily both have very little respect for others and are capable of harming others. Both of them struggle with pride and think they …show more content…
Faulkner made the reader wonder how the characters were going to recover from the tragic events that had occurred. Nonetheless, Faulkner uses both strategic lifts in both of the stories and you can clearly compare them when reading side by side. Faulkner always adds lots of depth to the characters in which he is writing about, he wants the reader to have an image of who he is writing about. Because Faulkner is a specialist in short stories he has to introduce characters quickly in the stories but also give meaning to each of them. Faulkner does that well and can incorporate vivid description while doing so. In both stories “A Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning” the characters go through the same adversity and go about solving their problems in the same way. Not obeying society and the rules set in place to keep everyone safe, both characters find themselves struggling to stay on the right track. Faulkner does a tremendous job executing his writing technique, while giving the reader something different to compare in both short stories. Although, Faulkner did not write the two short stories to be compared, they both show distinct similarities when reading and contrasting the two

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