Barn Burning Comparison

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A compare and contrast essay on two stories such as, “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner and “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor. Author and poet William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi 1897(biography.com). He spent his childhood in Mississippi and became one of the foremost American novelists of the twentieth century, Faulkner received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1955 and 1963 later on he received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949 (95). He wrote challenging prose and created the fictional Yoknapatawpha County(biography.com). Faulkner is best known for novels such as, “The Sound and the Fury” and “As I Lay Dying”(biography.com). Flannery O’Connor a Georgia native born on March 25, 1925(biography.com). She graduate from the…show more content…
Both stories “Barn Burning” and “ A Good Man is Hard to Find” demonstrate problems regarding dysfunction and family issues. Faulkner’s longer story speaks directly and openly about the downward spiral of family, and also about the trouble one may go through all because the idea of family. O’Connor’s shorter story focuses on a family that all have one common goal but go about it in a selfish way. In a sense, Faulkner’s and O’Connor’s stories go hand and hand, showing the similarities and differences between the two families. Both stories are based on family with different beliefs and values. In addition, the two families see the world in a different light than one another. For example, the little boy in “Barn Burning” was put in a difficult situation by being asked to lie in order for his father to be set free. But on the other hand, the family in “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” dealt with situation that the grandmother put them in by wanting to travel knowing that there was a misfit on the lose. In the stories the families tone can be compared on the rate of their theme, their setting or symbol, and their use of a common
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