Eng 224 barn burning

Eng 224 barn burning - court room where his father is on...

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Irony in Faulkner and O’Connor’s short stories Willaim Faulkner’s short story Barn Burning and Flannery O’Connor’s short story Good Country People are full of irony. Irony plays a major role in both of these stories on many different levels. One of the blatantly obvious examples of this would be in O’Connor’s story. Joy Hopewell is the name of a girl who has one leg and has to wear glasses, living a life without joy. Joy’s mother, Mrs. Hopewell, is a very patient woman who ironically says things such as “Nothing is Perfect” and “That is Life”. Also in the story is a lady named Mrs. Freeman and a boy named Manely. Mrs. Freeman feels free to say whatever she pleases and ironically Manley is depicted as a skinny, feeble minded, child like, simple, nineteen year old. The opening scene of Barn Burning shows the loyalty Sarty has to his father. Sarty is in a
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Unformatted text preview: court room where his father is on trial, his father is being accused of burning a barn and Sarty knows the truth yet he denies what happened. Sarty has a choice to make, either he can be a man of justice or be a man of loyalty. One man tells Sarty, “You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain’t going to have any blood to stick to you.” Slowly but surely the reader realizes that the boy is doomed and has no one to turn to. He wants to do right but can not decide what is right. Right away, Sarty realizes that the people in the court are against his dad and Sarty tries to protect his father. Sarty’s father is later told to leave the county and is not convicted. Sarty later ironically realizes what is right and tells on his father just before the next barn is burned. The end result is the death of his father and the beginning of manhood for Sarty....
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