Hyper Masculinity Vs. Emasculation

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Hyper-Masculinity vs. Emasculation The role the father figure plays in a family is very important; from providing food, and shelter, to raising their youth into functional members of society. The actions of Abner Snopes from “Barn Burning” and Guy from “A Wall of Fire Rising” have a huge impact on their families, but more important their sons. The fathers try to teach their sons values and lessons that will prepare the young boys to become men. While teaching these lessons the fathers commit monstrous acts and their sons see up close what type of men they are. Each of the families come from different periods of time and live in different social and cultural environments; however, the relationship between each father and his family are very similar. Each of the fathers teaches his sons lessons that are very important as they develop into young men. The most important lesson that Abner Snopes teaches his son Sarty is that if he wants to make it far in life he must stick with his family no matter what. “You’re getting to be a man. You got to learn. You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain’t going to have any blood to stick to you” (Faulkner 191). Abner Snopes and his family live in a time and place where many feel that family is all that they have, and with the dozen or so moves that the family has made, they have never gotten the opportunity to settle in a community and form social relationships. Abners youngest son Sarty understands this lesson, and refers to

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