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The stories Barn Burning written by William Faulkner and Pauls Case written by Willa Cather both have two separate characters with very similar troubles Each has a uniquely sad narrative Barn Burning is a sad story because it not only shows the classical struggle between the underprivileged and the privileged classes but also the struggle between a father and his son Sarty Together these two boys share comparable lifestyles Each has conflicts with his father fantasize of a wealthier existence and flee from the tribulations in his life Sartys main dilemma is his loyalty to his family which collides with his disappointment and suppressed dislike for his own father He tends to hide his feelings by denying the facts our enemy he thought in that despair ourn mine and his both Hes my father Faulkner 171 Sarty appears to be fearful of his father If I would have said they wanted only truth justice he would have hit me again But now he said nothing He was not crying He jut stood there Faulkner 173 In comparison Paul and his father also have conflicts and Paul too seems to be afraid of his own father He decides that he would much rather spend the night in the cellar of his house than go inside and face his father Paul does not feel as much at home when he is at his fathers house as he does at Carnegie Hall where he works as an usher and spends most of his time Pauls teachers and his father believe his working at the theater affects his schooling As a result Pauls father takes him out of school and forces him to work for a company referred to only as the firm of Denny and Carson as an office boy Pauls dream to live like the stars is taken away when his father forbids him to work visit or go anywhere near the
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