Compare And Contrast A Rose For Emily And Barn Burning By William Faulkner

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William Faulkner, an author who was born in post-reconstruction Mississippi, is a classic American author who wrote both “A Rose for Emily” in 1930 and “Barn Burning” in 1939. Both of these short stories illustrate Faulkner’s writing style and personal beliefs. Both stories go to show how very different people can have very similar problems throughout their lives. However, these stories with different plots and characters also show the historical struggles citizens living in the southern states of America faced on a daily basis during this period. Faulkner wrote both of these stories to transpire in similar times, not long before the time Faulkner wrote them, which was known as The New South at this time. It is in this era where struggles between …show more content…
Sarty illustrates it as a two-room house “Hit’s as big as a Courthouse….” (Faulkner 191). As the Abner and his wife Lennie discuss the plans as the unpack, Abner states “I reckon I’ll have a word with the man that aims to begin to-morrow owning my body and soul for the next eight months”. This grim and rather dark statement is actually a hint to the idea of Sharecropping. Sharecropping is similar to a job but is unfortunately is similar to slavery as well. Sharecropping is the idea that a landowner will give people a piece of land and a home, but instead of paying in currency the family will pay with the crops/livestock they produce. The reason this profession/contract that Abner is involved with is important because sharecropping was only prominent from the end of the Civil War to the early 20th century, and only took place in the New South. If the Snopes lived in any other region, or at any other era (Post World War II) this major piece would not be feasible. Sarty also points out that this was his 13th move, and the previous 12 residents were in poor communities. If the Snopes were indeed from the Mississippi River basin area, the would be moving further east to be leaving in an area that still had many original Structures. For example Major De Santa’s home included “Carpeted Stairs and a pendant glitter of chandeliers and a mute gleam of gold frames…” (Faulkner 192) further shows the De Santa

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