Barn Burning vs a Rose for Emily Essay

1085 Words Mar 27th, 2012 5 Pages
In "Barn Burning," and "A Rose for Emily" William Faulkner creates two characters that are strikingly similar. Abner Snopes is loud and obnoxious. Because of this, most people tend to avoid him at all costs. On the contrary, Emily Grierson, a very intriguing woman from Jefferson, Mississipi, is an important figure in the town, despite spending most of her life alone. If these characters were judged purely on their reputation and physical appearance, it would be clear that Abner Snopes and Emily Grierson are opposites. Although at first look both Miss Emily and Abner Snopes appear different, they have more similar qualities than one would expect. These qualities drive them into a very similar and sad lifestyle. To analyze Abner Snopes …show more content…
All the people he meets along the way see him as a low class outsider. His appearance is stiff, mechanical and flat. He is a misanthrope, acting rudely and hatefully towards everyone. He is even harsh around his own family. He does not show affection for his wife or children at any time during his life. The people who witness such events want nothing to do with such a cold and heartless man. Not only do the other people avoid Abner; he avoids them. He is not interested in public affairs and makes no effort to be the least bit accepted by anyone. His harsh and intimidating personality creates a gap between him and society, leaving him outside the social circle just as Miss Emily is throughout her life. Another quality Emily Grierson and Abner Snopes share are that are very independent. They do not let anyone else have control over their lives. Emily Grierson's hatred of control stems from when her father chose every move she could make. After her father's death, she desperately wants to have control of her life. Her desire for control is apparent when the local government officials try to enforce rules on her. If she doesn't like the rules, she won't follow them. She refuses to pay her taxes and will not let anyone put her address on her door for the postal service. However, the most significant time Emily is afraid of losing control is when she thinks Homer Barron, the man she wants to marry, is going to leave her. She kills Homer so

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