Rose for Emily and Barn Burning

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Garrett Weir English 1302 315 Clements 24 February 2013 Family and Heritage In “A Rose for Emily “ by William Faulkner and “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner, the role of the family’s past, contributes to the way that the main characters, Emily and Sarty, make decisions throughout the stories. By comparing the two main characters situations it will show how family and heritage are significant are different but also the same. Family and heritage also plays a major role because of how their relatives have affected them, and how others perceive them differently due to their families. In “A Rose for Emily” and “Barn Burning” family plays a major role for both the protagonist, Emily and Sarty. For Emily family is what holds her back all her life and is what means the most to her. Her father is the only person that she has a relationship with (until Homer comes along) and once he dies Emily begins her downward spiral. Sarty in “Barn Burning” faces a tough situation in that whether family ties constitute doing the right thing. Sarty does not run away from the problem but faces it head on. His criminal family frustrates Sarty in that he just wants to live a normal life. In a rose for Emily” Emily is heavily affected by her relatives. Going insane runs in her family with her great aunt (her dads sister) also being a little crazy. So she is at a disadvantage from the start. Her father doesn’t help the situation because he shields her from the outside world and “chases away potential suitors because none of them are good enough for his daughter” (p.6”A Rose for Emily”). Her father is very controlling of her and this contributes to her being a little off down the road. When she does find a man that she does like in Homer Barron she goes crazy over him despite him being gay. This causes him to kill him when is he is to say that he is not a marrying man. Sarty is
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