Barn Burning And Aandp Rite Of Passage — страница 2

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his son and states You were fixing to tell them. You would have told him. Your 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. As the story progresses, Abner is about to embark on yet another barn-burning incident. He is preparing to leave his house and orders his wife to hold onto Sarty. Abner is fearful that Sarty will follow him and alert the owners. Sarty, desperate to stop his father, conveys his feelings Ain t you going to even send a nigger? He cried. At least you sent a nigger before! Abner contemplates tying him up but settles for his wife holding on to him. Eventually, Sarty breaks free from his mothers grasp and rushes to alert the new victims. Sarty has finally decided to stand up

for what he believes to be right and just. After he notifies DeSpain he bolts from the house and continues running away from the scene. He hears a shot followed by two more; he stops running long enough to cry Pap! Pap! He resumes running, unwittingly, and decides to run as far away as he can while he sobs Father! Father! In both stories the young men realize the exact point where they have finally made a conscience decision to abide by their own beliefs and morals, thus obtaining their individual spot in society for better or worse. With Sammy leaving the A&P and looking back in, he sees Lengal in his old spot checking through the sheep. His stomach falls as he imagines how hard the world will be to him hereafter. Likewise, Sarty finally tires from running and sits to

reflect on what had just taken place and realizes the magnitude of his actions and knows he can never return. Sarty thinks about the hard life in the future ahead but can t help feeling relieved for breaking the chains of bondage that were emplaced on him by his father. The delicate dance from childhood to manhood is undertaken and seen in all cultures and walks of life. Some transitions are of greater magnitude than others. But, all transformations stem from a conscience decision to make a stand on what is believed to be important and right. In both examples the young men have rebelled against the inflexible social systems that surrounded them thereby earning their rite of passage into manhood. The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within. Mahatma Gandhi