Essay on Barn Burning And Rocking Horse Winner

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In both William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” and D. H. Lawrence’s “ The Rocking Horse Winner”, the authors give us a glimpse of two poor families who suffer through similar problems in different ways and situations. The comparison shows how in “Barn Burning” because of Abner’s recklessness and cruelty, his son Sartoris Snopes and family are unable to get into the larger society. In “The Rocking Horse Winner,” the mother’s greed for money and her behavior with her children and husband forces her son, Paul, to find a way to get more money. It shows how the behavior of Abner in “Barn Burning” and that of Paul’s mother in “The Rocking Horse Winner” affects their families Both the stories, "Barn Burning" and "The …show more content…
This way Sarty always was in a dilemma, whether to support his father or not. He forced to support his father, even though, he was aware that his father was wrong most of the time. The cruelty of Abner kept Sarty away from getting into society. In “The Rocking Horse Winner”, Lawrence paints an image of Paul’s mother, Hester, as a lady who was beautiful but greedy as far as the aspect of money was concerned. This was clear form a situation mentioned by Lawrence where the children could all the time hear a sound never actually spelled out loud that “There must be more money.” (pg, 382). Because of Hester’s greediness to have more and more money, the atmosphere of the house always seemed gloomy and became haunted with unspoken sounds for the need of money. Her children were a burden upon her. Paul and his siblings never saw true affection for them in their mother’s eyes. But she did show affection towards them in front of everyone, unlike Abner for whom situation or conditions did not really matter; he was always cruel and rude with his son Sarty. Hester’s children always felt a sense of selfishness in their mother. They had to face the harsh nature of their mother, same way how Sarty had to, with his father. Again resembling Sarty’s situation of agreeing with and supporting his father regardless of whether his father was right or wrong, the behavior of Paul’s mother forced him to bring money in whichever possible way. He desperately wanted to get

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