Barn Burning Analysis

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1. Barn Burning: To what degree does the end of “Barn Burning” offer closure (a sense that all loose ends are accounted for and tied up)? If a story ends somewhat inconclusively, is this good or bad, or does your answer depend on the story? Which story leaves you with more to think about?
The end of “Barn Burning” offers closure because the boy is no longer at war with himself. He couldn’t figure out what meant more to him. Was it the loyalty to his father and his family or was it to do the right thing. I think that conflict ends when his father is shot. He no longer has to choose between his family and what’s right; however, he now has to deal with the fact that he may have caused his father to be killed. I don’t think it’s bad if a story
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The reason why I think that it’s both is because of the way he constantly jumps back and forth between what he sees and what he’s bothered by. I think it’s completely possible for your internal conflicts to manifest themselves into the real world. There have been plenty of times where I need to focus on the physical objects around me just to get myself out of my own head. Then you start to realize that it doesn’t matter what you focus on that your problem is real and you almost feel stuck. Then this consuming thought of yours starts to manifest even more and effects the world around you. I don’t know if it’s his faith that helps him solve his conflicts. I hate saying this, but I got the feeling that he was using his faith as an excuse. He couldn’t deal with the fact that he got this girl pregnant and I think it was scaring him more than he thought. He wanted her to turn to him and say that he was free. That she would deal with everything all on her own and that he didn’t need to be involved. I guess his faith could have intensified the conflicts that he did have with himself; however, I took this story and his situation as if faith wasn’t a factor. I think any guy religious or not would have the same feelings.
3.St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves: How and why does the protagonist change over the course of the story? How might those changes be reflected in the way she shifts, as a narrator,
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I think the author was using the seasons and weather to intensify the scenes and actions that we were reading. We correlate each season with a specific type of feeling or a set of activities. In the summer, we think of beaches, pools, BBQs, and swimming. In winter we think of snow, hot chocolate, sweaters, and sitting by a fire. Each type of weather brings out a sense of feeling and helps the reader connect to what is happening in that story because we feel what they do. The reason why I don’t think the affair cools down is because of Gurov. Even if he isn’t with Anna he’s still thinking about her. Once he realizes that he’s been mistreating the women that he’s been with, he can’t help but to think that Anna is different. I don’t think it matters what season it is, Gurov feels the same about Anna regardless of what he

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