Analysis Of William Faulkner 's ' Barn Burning ' Essay

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William Faulkner was one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. He wrote many great stories that were focused mainly in the southern United States, using similar characters and the setting of Yoknapatawpha County. In 1950, Faulkner received a Nobel Peace Prize for literature and in his acceptance speech for the award he stated that for a story to last forever it must include six eternal verities, which are love, honor, pity, pride, compassion, and sacrifice. (Faulkner 3). Sometimes these values are obvious, but others are hidden away in the writing. The following titles by Faulkner will show most if not all six eternal verities are present in their text.
The first of Faulkner’s eternal verities is love. Love is possibly the most common value in stories, and despite William Faulkner’s writing style it love is present even if it is at the very end of the work. In “Barn Burning,” Satoris Snopes cares for his family throughout the story until Abner, his father, burns down major de Spain’s barn. Love is also present in “A Rose for Emily” at the conclusion of the story, where the townspeople found Emily’s “iron gray hair” on the pillow beside Homer Baron’s dead body. (Faulkner 472-473). However, love in Faulkner’s stories can be just a topic of discussion. In “Dry September” Minnie Cooper uses “false love” to get pleasure, which is the topic of discussion in the barber shop in the story’s first section. (Faulkner 171-172).
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