Comparing the Setting of Barn Burning to that of A Rose for Emily

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Comparing the Setting of Barn Burning to that of A Rose for Emily William Faulkner has written some of the most unique novels and short stories of any author, and, to this day, his stories continue to be enjoyed by many. Both “Barn Burning” and “A Rose for Emily” tell about the life of southern people and their struggles with society, but Faulkner used the dramatic settings of these two stories to create a mood unlike any other and make the audience feel like they too were a part of these southern towns. These two stories have many similarities in there setting, but they also have many differences to that make them unique and interesting. In many of Faulkner’s stories, he tells about an imaginary county in Mississippi named …show more content…
Another aspect that contributes to the stories’ setting is the descriptions of the homes of the Snopes and the Griersons. Miss Emily’s home is described as being decorated and clean with many details in the woodwork, and the Snopes’ home is told to be a paintless, two bedroom house like the many others they had lived in. Both homes in the stories have become the symbol for the class of people which they house, but as Miss Emily had shrunk from her aristocratic mindset, so did her house. The location of the action of both stories cannot be more different, but their locations contribute greatly to the mood created in the stories. The atmosphere created in these two stories is quite unique, but both stories have a sense of secrecy about them. In “Barn Burning,” the audience can tell that the father is withholding something from the other characters and never comes out and talks about burning the barns, and in “A Rose for Emily,” Miss Emily uses passive resistance because she feels that she is better than everyone else, thus creating a mysterious demeanor. The audience knows that Miss Emily is hiding something from the characters, and it’s not until after her death that her secret is revealed. “Barn Burning” has a suspenseful atmosphere from the beginning, and this becomes evident in the quiet wagon ride to the Snopes’ new
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