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According to the Social Anxiety Network Social anxiety is a fear of social situations and the interaction with other people Put another way social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being judged and evaluated negatively by other people leading to feelings of inadequacy embarrassment humiliation and depression People with social anxiety may know that their anxiety is irrational and does not make head sense Nevertheless knowing something is not the same thing as believing and feeling something Social anxiety is a major factor in the stories Barn Burning by William Faulkner The Man Who Was Almost a Man by Richard Wright and A Worn Path by Eudora Welty First in William Faulkners Barn Burning the main character in the story is a little boy named Colonel Sartoris In this story Sarty is faced with the decision of either going along with the views and actions of his morally challenged father or by running away and leaving his family and his pain behind Sarty gains his freedom when he decides to warn the de Spains because his fathers violation of his own sort of morality frees him from what he calls the pull of blood or duty to his family Faulkner 356 Sarty believes he is prepared to defend his father at the trial He aims for me to lie he thought and I will have to do it and he fights the boy twice his size who calls out Barn burnerFaulkner 349 He hopes that the fires will end thinking Maybe hes done satisfied now but when Abner begins to set ablaze his next barn Sarty extinguishes the family ties Faulkner 358 This violation liberates Sarty from the the old blood which he has not been permitted to choose for himself Faulkner 356 The pull of blood is not strong enough to corrupt Sarty to make him into what he seems destined to become His fathers offense and his own thoughtfulness lead Sarty
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