Comparing and Contrasting "Barn Burning" and "A Rose for Emily"

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Hunter Taylor Dr. William Bedford English 1102-011 10 September 2013 Comparing and Contrasting “A Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning” In William Faulkner’s short stories “A Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning” the characters are both guilty of committing terrible crimes. However, Miss Emily in “A Rose for Emily” and Abner Snopes in “Barn Burning” are both portrayed very differently from each other. A few things to consider while reading these short stories is how each of these characters is characterized, how the author generates sympathy for these characters, and the order in which the events in these stories occur. The way Faulkner characterizes Miss Emily and Abner Snopes throughout these stories is very different. In “A Rose for…show more content…
He shows no remorse for any of his actions throughout the story, and he also fails to take the way any of his family members feel about his actions into consideration. A good example of this is when Abner’s wife is begging him not to burn Major de Spain’s barn down. Instead of taking her plea into consideration, Abner “shifted the lamp to the other hand and flung her back, not savagely or viciously, just hard, into the wall. . .” (Burning 361). It’s also important to note that Faulkner included that when Abner threw his wife into the wall he didn’t do it “savagely or viciously.” This shows Abner’s lack of emotion behind his actions. The way Faulkner generates sympathy in these stories and how he directs it at the characters varies as well. In “A Rose for Emily” it’s easy for a feeling of sympathy to arise in the reader. The whole story is built upon generating a feeling of sympathy so you can understand why the townsfolk felt the way they did when they discovered that Miss Emily was sleeping with the dead body of her ex boyfriend for roughly forty years. When Faulkner describes how the townspeople felt about a situation, it’s almost as if he’s dictating how the reader should feel about it. One example of this is when the smell finally subsides from Miss Emily’s house, Faulkner states that “That was when people had begun to feel really sorry for her” (Emily 81). Another example of this is when Miss

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