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most vital sign being fire. The fire is much like the main character in the story, Abner. Both Abner and the fire are uncontrollable and destroy anything in its way, having respect for nothing. Sarty, Abner’s son, dislikes what his father does out of acts of hate and tries to stop it. He attempts to put out the “fire” inside his father. He is sick of his family’s way of life and is ready for a change no matter what it takes, even if it means going against his own blood. No matter what is done, they can not stop Abner from lashing out and burning buildings. Through his sheer enjoyment of the negative sides of his anger and power, Abner rips his family apart. He does so by forcing his family to put up with the consequences of his actions. In a way, Faulkner writes as a

moralist. He demonstrates, through his character Abner, why a reasonable approach to adversity and letdowns is necessary, to avoid allowing one’s problems to get so bad that they can engulf the subject like an inferno. In this story Mrs. DeSpain’s “nigger” acts loyally and tries to save his owner’s animals from the fire that were in the barn. Sarty’s father enjoys setting fires to burn down others properties. Sarty faces the problem between loyalty and honesty. On one hand, he wants to be loyal to his father; on the other hand, he does not endorse his father’s behavior. His father teaches him: “You’re 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” (“Barn Burning“,

484). His father wants him to pledge loyalty to his own family, but Sarty can not tolerate his father’s conduct. When his father sets fire to burn down another barn, Sarty thoroughly despairs of his father. He notifies the landlord of the fire, and runs away from his family. “He [Sarty] did not look back” (“Barn Burning“, 493). He does not want to let his father controlling him anymore. He wants to start his own life. Both the stories present major ideas through symbolism. Faulkner uses particular objects to link the tales with his metaphorical meaning. “A Rose for Emily” does not explicitly involve a rose. Faulkner notes the rose only twice, in the title and the third paragraph from the last, this room decked and furnished as for a bridal: “upon the valance

curtains of faded rose color, upon the rose-shaded lights” (“A Rose for Emily“, 78). But the significant symbolic meaning of the rose strongly affects the reader’s perception of Miss Emily. It stirs the readers to sympathize with Miss Emily. Rose stands for true love, expectation and the most resplendent period of life. Miss Emily adorns her room as a bridal chamber in rose color, representing a woman who yearns for true love and dreams of a fairyland where she and her beloved can stay together forever. For years, Miss Emily’s father drove away all the young men who want to date with her. Her father thwarted her to experiencing love. In her dreary existence, Homer Barron is the only bright spot, one “rose“. Like a wilted rose, she keeps his body, forever. It reminds

her of the joy she once had in her otherwise empty life. Although Miss Emily is stubborn and eccentric, she is a pitiful woman who needs more attention and love. In “Barn Burning”, Faulkner uses Major de Spain’s house to symbolize Sarty’s ambition. Sarty migrates to the house: He saw the house for the first time and at that instant he forgot his father and the terror and despair both, and even when he remembered his father again (who had not stopped) the terror and despair did not return. Because, for all the twelve movings, they had sojourned until now in a poor country, a land of small farms and fields and houses, and he had never seen a house like this before (“Barn Burning”, 485) It is a place where Sarty wants to stay. He yearns to be free from worry and control.

For years, he migrates from place to place because of his father habit of burning down other’s properties. He dreams to live with peace and hopes that one day his father will change his behavior: Hit’s big as a courthouse he thought quietly, with a surge of peace and joy whose reason he could not have thought into words. They are safe from him. People whose lives are a part of this peace and dignity are beyond his touch. Maybe he will feel it too. Maybe it will even change him now from what maybe he couldn’t help but be. (“Barn Burning”, 485) Therefore, when his father sets fire to burn down the barn that belongs to the house, he thoroughly despairs of his father. He not only destroys the barn, but also shatters Sarty’s hope. Sarty decides to leave his family and find