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Symbolism If we compare William Faulkners two short stories A Rose for Emily and Barn Burning he structures the plots of these two stories differently However both of the stories note the effect of a fathers teaching and in both the protagonists Miss Emily and Sarty make their own decisions about their lives The stories present major idea through symbolism that includes strong metaphorical meaning Both stories affect my thinking of life Both A Rose for Emily and Barn Burning address the influence of a father and the protagonists of both stories make their own decisions Miss Emily lives with her father who prevents her from dating with any young man until she is thirty Her fathers deed enhances her thirst for love and security After her father died she finally has the freedom of love When she meets Homer Barron and thinks that she has found her true love But opposite of what she wants Homer is a homosexual Khe liked men and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks Club --- that he was not a marrying man A Rose for Emily 126 To keep him with her forever Miss Emily chooses to murder Homer Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head One of us lifted something from it and learning forward we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair A Rose for Emily 130 Faulkner implies that Miss Emily actually sleeps with the corpse She must love Homer deeply to endure the rotten smell and appearance of the dead body She even enjoys being with it The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace A Rose for Emily 130 Although she picks the most ridiculous way to express love her courage to choose her own way of life compels admiration In Barn Burning Sartys father enjoys setting fires to burn down others properties Sarty faces
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