Essay about Analysis Of ' Barn Burning ' And The Glass Menagerie '

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The past can affect a person in many different ways. It is a key factor in defining who that person is, and who he/she becomes. Things that have happened in the past and the decisions a person makes in their past shape the person. What a person does with their past affects their future as well. If they choose to hold on to their past it generally leads to a path of destruction, however, if a person chooses to let go of their past they tend to lead a better, more positive life. Within the three works 'A Rose For Emily ', 'Barn Burning ', and The Glass Menagerie, there are main characters dealing with the past, some choose to let it go, others hold on to it, ultimately determining their future.

In Tennessee Williams ' 'A Rose For Emily, ' The character Emily Grierson lives in the past so much that she clings to it. She refuses to pay taxes, and even kills the man who courted her because he does not want to marry her, all due to the past. When she refuses to pay taxes the men don 't know what to do, she keeps referring to Colonel Sartoris, who has been dead for ten years, '. . . I have no taxes in Jefferson. ' 'But there is nothing on the books to show that, you see We must go by the-- ' 'See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson. ' 'But, Miss Emily-- '

'See Colonel Sartoris. ' (Colonel Sartoris had been dead almost ten years.) 'I have no taxes in Jefferson. Tobe! ' The Negro appeared. 'Show these gentlemen…

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