Both the stories, "Barn Burning" and "The Rocking Horse Winner" demonstrates how children are dominated by parents and the way in which their harshness affects them.
In “Barn Burning”, Faulkner shows how Sarty was asked to get out of the court along with his father; he felt that such a behavior was an insult to him. He was so hurt that he did not even allow his mother to wipe off the blood on his face, which was the result of boys hitting him. The boys called Sarty's father a Barn Burner, as he always used to burn Barnes and moved from place to place. Upon his father being called a barn burner Sarty got into a fight with those boys. He always thought about his father that “maybe he’s done satisfied now”, (pg. 160) but Abner instead of standing as a role model for his son Sarty, he was harsh with him. If that was not enough, Sarty was forced to support his father regardless of Abner being wrong or right, he r...
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...mately, he crashes on the floor and forever remains unconscious for days together. After gaining consciousness he has in mind the motto to prove himself lucky in his mother’s eyes and asks his mother “Malabar! Malabar! Did I say Malabar, mother? Do you think I am lucky, mother?” (pg 391), still trying to prove him lucky, Paul died. Both the families ultimately, though not in same way, lost their son who tried to reach the expectations of their parents to their best. Sarty lost hope and walked away and Paul died and went away, unfortunately was unable to change their parents.
Thus, Faulkner through Abner’s behavior in “Barn Burning” and Lawrence through Hester’s nature in “The Rocking Horse Winner” showed how their dominating, disrespectful and rude nature had affected their family’s life and resulted in loss of their children.
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