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William Faulkners Spotted Horses and Mule in the Yard Lei Szabados March 16 1999 UCONN English 109 Mrs Drescher Spotted Horses and Mule in the Yard are two short stories by William Faulkner that deal with comedic animal chases Although both provide entertaining examples of Faulkners work in very similar settings on the scale of literary value Spotted Horses rises above Mule in the Yard in depth and insight This superiority is result of both its narrative style and character development which causes Spotted Horses to produce an overall more powerful effect than Mule in the Yard The most notable and important difference between the two stories is the contrasting narrative style In Spotted Horses the story is told in first person point of view by a narrator who observes the major events of the story but is involved in only a minor fashion His narration provides the audience with a look at the town and its inhabitants through the eyes of someone living in the county of Mississippi This adds a realistic dimension to the image of the story It is also through this narrative style that Faulkner weaves humor into Spotted Horses The narrator shows the story in a comic light simply through his words right from the introductory paragraph For example the audience is introduced immediately with a casual Yes sir Flem Snopes has filled that whole country full of spotted horses You can hear folks running them all day and night whooping and hollering and the horses running back and forth across those little wooden bridges ever now and then kind of like thunder 349 In contrast Mule in the Yard is told in the objective viewpoint With this type of information the reader can only observe what is seen and heard Therefore it follows that the reader must infer everything about the
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