In “Shingles for the Lord,” Pap’s destruction of the church by fire destroyed society’s perception of him. The use of fire labeled him as an arsonist, a reduced man, and an untrustworthy individual. The preacher, Whitfield, told Pap, “If there is any pursuit in which you can engage without carrying flood and fire and destruction and death behind you, do it. But not one hand shall you lay to this new house until you have proved to us that you are to be trusted again with the powers and capacities of a man” (41). Pap’s arson destroyed society’s respect for him and labeled him as an outsider among the people.
Faulkner implicates Ab as an abusive audacious man who expects, his children to conceal his crimes. The reader interprets this when Ab interrogates Sarty around the fire, “You’re getting to be a man. You got to learn to stick to your blood or you ain’t going to have any blood to stick to you.” (Barn Burning 9). Ab advised Sarty of this shortly after hit struck him in the head after he assumed Sarty was going to reveal his crime. Ab speaking that line implies that he is a dictator, whom rules his family with abuse and by intimidation.
Langston Hughes was born and educated in the South during what can be classified as "Jim Crow" years. Although through most of his career he did not really live in the South, he did not forget all of its injustices. In fact, the experiences he gained from that portion of his life became the basis for his form of protest literature. Needless to say, his early life played a major influence throughout his career. "The Negro Speaks of Rivers", one of Hughes most famous works, is basically a "history" of black society.
When he burns down Mr. Harris’ barn, Abner does so not only because of his anger, but also because he truly thinks he is actually imposing a sort of inevitable justice. From this point on in the story, Abner feels that destruction in the form of barn burning is justified in his mission of vengeance against the society that has so viciously slighted him. Abner becomes a dangerous dog without a leash. He actually seems willing to seek out confrontations, fueling the fire in his ... ... middle of paper ... ...entiate him from the men that he himself despises. The way he treats his family does not necessarily reflect positively on his moral values.
While wise men, good men, wild men, and grave men have differences they each learn too late, and lament their lack of foresight, even they “do not go gentle into that good night,” instead they “Rage, rage against the dying of the light” . Through Thomas’ use of building blocks like form and character he creates an observation of every man’s last resort to begging his father to not give into death. True, Thomas is angry, but no child wants to lose a parent. Thomas’ father is dying and naturally Thomas is having a difficult time accepting his father’s death. Thomas wants his father to understand that even his “old age should burn and rage at close of day” .
In William Faulkner 's “Barn Burning”, Sarty fights his own internal conflict of whether to side with his family, therefore lying about his father’s history of arson, or to abandon his family due to his moral issues with their actions. Sarty defends his father’s honor as a way of siding with his family. He brawls with the boys outside the “courthouse” all because they disparage his father by calling him a “barn burner” (p. 208). Sarty regrets telling the truth to the judge. Sarty becomes well aware of his decisions and realizes how they can impact his family.
After refusing to answer Atticus's questions, she says, "Long... ... middle of paper ... ...Byrd based on the color of his skin, based on his ignorance of racial equality. All of these real world cases were cased by an ignorance that lead to an unjust judgment of others. In Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, she sets examples of people throughout Maycomb County that show traits of ignorance. Chris Crowe's article, "The Lynching of Emmett Till", displays ignorance in the way Emmett Till doesn't understand southern culture, and in the way the jury acquits his murderers. Furthermore, in the article, "Man Guilty of Murder in Texas Dragging Death", by Rick Lyman, John King's ignorance towards racial equality leads him to brutally drag an African American for his own unjust gain.
When trying to explain this to his partner, Mr. Anderson tells him " Down here, things are different; here, they believe that some things are worth killing for." He also tells how thirty years ago, a black man could be hung for stealing a watermelon. After all the bad things that the white man did to the black man, I wouldn't be surprised if they still didn't forgive us. When comparing the book and the movie, I can't help but notice the honor and confidence that the black people possess.
Faulkner was famous for displaying the South’s culture and the faults in society (William Faulkner: Biography). The famous novelist’s struggles in the early years of his career, his inspiration of his home, and his legacy that impacted are what make William Faulkner one of the most memorable authors in American history. Initially William Faulkner's war experience did not make Faulkner a famed author, but inspired by his home, Mississippi, he would find his skill in writing. Faulkner’s great grandfather and grandfather were legendary figures in Mississippi and their ways to get out of trouble would inspire Faulkner to write about their power in the military and in society (Unger, 54). According to Leonard Unger , Faulkner's finished his first book of poetry in 1924, The Marble Faun, which Faulkner was inspired by his time during World War One and this book was to be published with one-thousand copies but failed to publish because it was recognized as not a very good book of poetry.
They all act like fire under different circumstances. Ralph is symbolized by the fires presence itself. Because of his incompetence to preserve the flame and the other boys, Ralph never put Jack in his place or even took full control. He wanted balance and security. When the fire does go out Ralph does call an assembly but Piggy helps to keep him aligned and on topic.