Essay II: Author Analysis
William Faulkner was one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers. Faulkner uses a different type of writing style than most writers. He uses drawn-out descriptions and details, actions in one scene that then evoke a past or future scene. It is thought that in many of Faulkner’s works he uses lengthy sentence structure to show the complexity of characters or settings. In his three short stories: A Rose for Emily, Barn Burning, and That Evening Sun this technique is evident.
Faulkner is best known for his complex sentence structure. Normally, the more intricate the sentence structure, the more emotionally complex are the character's thoughts. Such as in "Barn Burning," in which young Sarty Snopes is unable to decide between being loyal to his family and doing what he instinctively senses is right. This conflict climaxes in Sarty's cautioning Major de Spain that his father is going to burn the major's barn. It is after Sarty informs Major de Spain and then runs toward the major's barn that we have another example of Faulkner's narrative complexity and lengthy sentence structure. Almost the entire third paragraph from the story's end is one sentence which focuses on Sarty running. "So he ran down the drive, blood and breath roaring; presently he was in the road again though he could not see it. He could not hear either: the galloping mare was almost upon him before he heard her, and even then he held his course… "(Faulkner 1). He is so caught up in his conflicting loyalties, and maybe the guilt he might feel for being disloyal to his father that he temporarily loses his senses. Furthermore, Faulkner emphasizes Sarty's emotional uncertainty in this vigorous scene with descriptive terms that suggest Sarty's growing confusion. Even before Sarty heard the gunshots, he is crazed with grief as the violent silhouette of de Spain's horse thunders by. When he hears the shots, he automatically cries out to his father and...