24 September 2013
There are similarities between both families in the stories Barn Burning written by William Faulkner and The Rocking Horse Winner written by D.H Lawrence. Usually all families are different in their own way but in these two stories I noticed that the author gives us a glimpse of two poor families who suffer through similar problems in different situations and ways. What is seen and noticed in the two stories are that the parent’s harshness affects the children’s way and it dominated them.
Barn Burning, in its examination of a boy’s struggle with family loyalty and a higher sense of justice, fits tight in Faulkner’s familiar fictional mode. Poverty and, criminal behavior divide a family and, in the end, left them more dependent than ever. Sartoris Snopes is a ten-year-old boy that is the protagonist in the story Barn Burning. He is a small and wiry child but has an innocent personality like his mother, Lennie Snopes. Sartoris’s father, Abner Snopes kind of made him grow up faster than he should have. In the story, Sartoris is forced to decide between family and the right thing to do. He always thought about his father that “maybe he’s done satisfied now”, (pg. 160). If that was not enough, Sartoris was forced to support his father regardless of Abner being wrong or right, he rudely said to Sartoris “You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain’t going to have any blood to stick to you” (pg, 161). Abner is a
violent, mean antagonist and he has a scary, emotionless voice. Sartoris lives in fear of his father. He is constantly angry and wants revenge on anyone that has ever wronged him. Abner made Sartoris grow up fast because he expected him to always be on the familie’s side of problems. Even if Sartoris thought that his father was wrong, he had to say Abner was right or pretty much, ‘hell would break loose’. Sartoris and Lennie could never disagree with the man of the house. It was his way or no way....