Comparing William Faulkners Tw

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Symbolism
If we compare William Faulkner¡¦s two short stories, ¡§A Rose for Emily¡¨ and
¡§Barn Burning¡¨, he structures the plots of these two stories differently. However,
both of the stories note the effect of a father¡¦s teaching, and in both the
protagonists Miss Emily and Sarty make their own decisions about their lives. The stories
present major idea through symbolism that includes strong metaphorical meaning. Both
stories affect my thinking of life.

Both ¡§A Rose for Emily¡¨ and ¡§Barn Burning¡¨ address the influence of a father,
and the protagonists of both stories make their own decisions. Miss Emily lives with her
father who prevents her from dating with any young man until she is thirty. Her
father¡¦s deed enhances her thirst for love and security. After her father died, she
finally has the freedom of love. When she meets Homer Barron and thinks that she has found
her true love. But opposite of what she wants, Homer is a homosexual: ¡§¡Khe liked men,
and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks¡¦ Club --- that he was
not a marrying man¡¨ (¡§A Rose for Emily¡¨, 126). To keep him with her forever, Miss
Emily chooses to murder Homer. ¡§Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the
indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and learning forward, we saw a
long strand of iron-gray hair¡¨ (¡§A Rose for Emily¡¨, 130), Faulkner implies that
Miss Emily actually sleeps with the corpse. She must love Homer deeply, to endure the
rotten smell and appearance of the dead body. She even enjoys being with it. ¡§The body
had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace¡¨ (¡§A Rose for Emily¡¨,
130). Although she picks the most ridiculous way to express love, her courage to choose
her own way of life compels admiration.

In ¡§Barn Burning¡¨, Sarty¡¦s father enjoys setting fires to burn down others¡¦
properties. Sarty faces the problem between loyalty and honesty. On one hand, he wants to
be loyal to his father; on the other hand, he does not endorse his father¡¦s behavior.
His father teaches him: ¡§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¡¨ (¡§Barn Burning¡¨, 8). His father wants him to pledge loyalty to his own
family, but Sarty can not tolerate his father¡¦s conduct. When his father sets fire to
burn down another barn, Sarty thoroughly despairs of his father. He notifies the landlord
of the fire, and runs away from his family. ¡§He [Sarty] did not look back¡¨ (¡§Barn
Burning¡¨, 25). He does not want to let his father controlling him anymore. He wants to
start his own life.

Both the stories present major ideas through symbolism. Faulkner uses particular objects
to link the tales with his metaphorical meaning. ¡§A Rose for Emily¡¨ does not
explicitly involve a rose. Faulkner notes the rose only twice, in the title and the third
paragraph from the last, ¡§¡Kthis room decked and furnished as for a bridal: upon the
valance curtains of faded rose color, upon the rose-shaded lights¡K¡¨ (¡§A Rose for
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