Short Story Essay

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Short Story Essay on "A Rose For Emily" and "Barn Burning" Human behavior is one of the most studied and talked about traits of human beings, for it makes us who we are after all. It is prevalent in books, movies, stories, and most importantly life, everything we do involves it. In all of the short stories we read, aspects of human behavior where the basis of the writings. The short stories "A Rose For Emily" and "Barn Burning" show excellent human reactions to life's challenges through the themes of social status and death. One of the overriding themes in all of the stories we read was that of social status. Social status was a present issue back in the civil war days and has continued up into modern day society. Unfortunately a…show more content…
‘Perhaps he considers he self the sheriff..I have no taxes in Jefferson." "But there is nothing on the books to show that, you see. We must go, by the-"See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson." " But Miss Emily---" See Colonel Sartoris.""(pg.2) well as it turns out Colonel Sartoris had been dead for 10 years. Again later in the story Emily shows her reaction to death with denial as her husband died, yet she still slept with him in the bed where he died for years, never removing and disposing of his body. In the story "Barn Burning" the young boy reacts to death opposite of Emily. At the end of the story when his father is shot, he never looks back on it, he just keeps on running. He reacted to the death of his father as a means to break free, and live a life of his own rather than his fathers. Falkner does a wonderful job of showing opposite human reactions to death. Every person reacts different to situations in life. Emily most likely reacted to the death of her father and subsequent deaths in the way she did, due to the fact that her father was everything to her and in a sense ran her life, she was lost without him and never fully recovered to be a socially active human being. In "Barn Burning" however the boy was not happy with his father, he did not like how he was growing up and how the father lived a life of lies and lack of respect which is why the boy was able to move on easily. Every person

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