William Faulkner’s Barn Burning and A Rose for Emily Essay

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“Barn Burning” is a story filled with myth. This coming of age story features a boy stuck in a family with a father who can be thought of as Satan, and can be easily seen as connected to myths of Zeus and Cronus. The connection to Zeus is further elaborated when William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is also considered. These two stories along with a few others provided an amazing view of the south. Many characters or families can be viewed as groups that lived in the south during this time. The story is rich in mythology which includes a boy coming of age facing the challenges of morality, and southern life. The young boy Called Colonel Sartoris Snopes or Sarty was living with his family which included his father, …show more content…
Abner doesn’t seem to be restricted to only those with more than him, but he does direct most of his attention to them. Abner didn’t think much of anyone that wasn’t his blood, and even those of his blood like Sarty were treated cruelly, so the reader can assume that Abner’s cruelty is not solely based on jealousy. This trait can be compared to Satan as well because that is what Satan’s ultimate goal is: to bring everyone down. Abner is basically the worst a person can be, and his comparisons to Satan make him a really good antagonist. After seeing how Abner acts the reader should realize that Sarty needs to get away from his horrible father. Sarty accomplishes this by telling De Spain about his father’s plan, and results in the death of his father and Sarty’s escape from the family. This story took coming of age to the extreme the only way in which Sarty was able to become himself was to get his father killed. At the end of the story Sarty does not look back which lets us know that he has left for good and can now go on as an individual. Coming of age myths often include leaving the parents to achieve the goal of becoming an adult. In this story Sarty’s family is so centered around Abner that the only way he was able to escape and be his own individual was for Abner to die. Another myth this story resembles is Zeus and his father, Cronus. In the myth Cronus is a
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