William Faulkner 's Barn Burning And A Rose For Emily

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William Faulkner lived from 1897- 1962, during this time he wrote many amazing novels and short stories that are still relevant to this day. Of his many short stories the ones being analyzed for their theme, characterization and style are “Barn Burning” and “A Rose for Emily”. These 2 short stories are good representation of Faulkner’s writing techniques as well as represent him as an author. Faulkner grew up in an area in Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi. After he did various jobs until he started his writing career. During the time these were written Faulkner had shut himself into his home in Oxford, Mississippi becoming a recluse. This was how the majority of his writing career was spent and is why his stories are about the south, his region (Bio). You can see example of this in both stories. In “Barn Burning” and “A Rose for Emily” you can see examples of slavery going on as well as references to the civil war, such as soldiers or coats. “Most of his novels are set in Yoknapatawpha County, an imaginary area in Mississippi with a colorful history and a richly varied population. The county is a microcosm of the South as a whole, and Faulkner 's novels examine the effects of the dissolution of traditional values and authority on all levels of Southern society.”(Colombia 1) The stories both taking place around the time period both in the south really tells a lot about Faulkner’s experiences at the time. He knew the most about the time period, which is why Pagdett says “Faulkner considered some advice Anderson had given him that he should write about his native region”. This revitalized his career, and “liberated” him. Faulkner now that we know about some of the background of his writing we can analyze the con... ... middle of paper ... ...numerous famous short stories and novels. The style, themes and characterization he uses while writing “Barn Burning” and “A Rose for Emily” were very interesting. The style follows the typical flow for Faulkner stories, lots of uses of the flow of conciseness as well as many long descriptions. Faulkner’s characterization was very interesting because of his ability to create such deep characters through a completely different plot, but ideologically similar in face of adversity. The themes in these were deep, developing such meaningful themes through a short story is tough but he manages to do tough ones such as isolation and loyalty in the 2 stories. Faulkner really is an amazing author who manages to use these different writing facets to the best of their ability though he once said during this time of his life he was writing “deliberately to make money” (Pagdett).

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