In tone and style, how does "Barn Burning" compare to "A Rose for Emily"?
In terms of style, Faulkner weaved into both stories his observations of how the Civil War and Reconstruction created an American South in which some people had trouble reconciling past and present.
Abner Snopes is a white man who lives the life of a sharecropper: a vocation constructed to keep farmers impoverished with no way to move up economically or socially. He is chronically angry about his station in life and lashes out again and again in self-defeating acts that take his family down with him. Literary critics suggest that the final victim of his anger, Major de Spain, represents a mixed-race person who outranks Snopes, economically and socially, and deepens his anger and feeling that, as a white Southerner, he should not be at the mercy of someone like de Spain.
Emily Grierson, too, has trouble accepting social changes in the South. She prefers to live in the past when her family was wealthy and socially prominent and her life had a genteel rhythm. Like Abner Snopes, she cannot...
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