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March 24, 2016 | Author: | Posted in english literature, literature and language

Experience and Identity : An Analysis of Barn Burning by William Faulkner and Everyday Use by Alice Walker

Strong Similarities are found between Barn Burning ‘ by William Faulkner and Everyday Use ‘ by Alice Walker . Both stories feature characters that are unsure of themselves and are affected by someone in their family most importantly these characters have an experience which give them a new and much needed identity . In Barn Burning ‘ the main focus will be on Sarty ‘s emotions and his eventual acceptance of self . I will focus primarily on Ms . Johnson and [banner_entry_middle]

her two daughters with special focus on Maggie when discussing Everyday Use . Although the themes found in both stories are similar , circumstances surrounding the gained identity and independence are different . The following analysis aims to portray the similarities and differences found in Barn Burning and Everyday Use , concerning the experiences and identities described in both

A significant similarity between the two stories is loyalty . The characters portrayed in Barn Burning ‘ and Everyday Use ‘ has an inner conflict in which they question their ability to be loyal to their blood . In Faulkner ‘s Barn Burning , Sarty , the son of Abner , spends the majority of the story in emotional confusion . Loyalty to his father causes him mixed emotions as to what is the right thing to do when dealing with his father ‘s barn burnings . The story begins with Sarty attending the meeting of the Justice of the Peace , where his father once again is accused of burning down a neighbor ‘s barn after an argument The narrator tells of Sarty ‘s confusion and desperation to do what is right . . the smell and sense of just a little fear because mostly of despair and grief , the old fierce pull of blood (Schwiebert , 423 . This of an ongoing inner battle explains Sarty ‘s guilt of not hating the neighbor as his father does . .our enemy he thought in that despair ourn ! Mine and hisn both ! He ‘s my father ‘ Such fierce desire to feel the loyalty his father expects is displayed . When Sarty is called up to possibly testify , the reader can feel Sarty ‘s relief when told to sit down with out testimony . The young boy is caught between loyalty and the morals instilled in him from society (Ford , 1 This pull towards family loyalty is only reinforced by the boy ‘s conversation with his father following the departure from their town of residence . Abner addresses his son , knowing that Sarty was close to telling the truth during the hearing . Abner says to Sarty

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 Do you think either of them any man there this morning , would ? Don ‘t you know all they wanted was a chance to get at me because they knew I had them beat ? Eh (Schwiebert . 426

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