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Barn Burning By William Faulkner Essay

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During a time period when Americans were working towards progressivism, a young Faulkner was born in a small Mississippi town. Few would come to know how influential he would become for people all around the world. William Faulkner, who would go on to write a variety of stories about the challenges of growing up in the south, however many would doubt his ability to be successful in life. But the truth about that is that Faulkner would actually go on to succeed in literature after climbing over many obstacles in his life. When Faulkner writes his stories, he is able to convey what he wants the reader to learn from the story by being able to use many literary elements, however he likes to focus on two in particular in “Barn Burning,” which are Conflict and imagery. “Barn Burning” is a remarkable piece of literature, because when Faulkner wants to convey his major theme of loyalty, he is able to do it remarkably well through his use of conflict and imagery.

When William Faulkner was born on “September 25, 1897” in the small town of “New Albany, Mississippi” (Padgett 1), few would know how much he would change american literature and politics. The now adolescent William Faulkner was one who never found formal education that important, and that shows when he was in “high school he would often skip school until he finally dropped out his senior year of high school” (EGS 1). After dropping out Faulkner remained in his hometown of New Albany for a few years until he decided to join war efforts in WWI, However “he was declined entry into the United States military service” due to this Faulkner would travel from his home in the south to “Canada where he would join the Royal Canadian Air Force, however he would never see action in the war” (EGS 1) . Shortly after returning home from Canada he would begin attending classes at “The University of Mississippi, however he would eventually drop out of school again” (EGS 1). As Faulkner aged he decided to take a job in hollywood as a “scriptwriter for many popular shows” during his time period (EGS 2). During this time Faulkner had to deal with some personal problems such as “when he would write his stories he would often drink heavily to the point he was binge drinking to help him think at a higher level” (Padgett 6). As Faulkner began to get recognition for his works he suddenly found himself doing much more public appearances which “he was deathly afraid of for a good amount of time in his life” (Padgett 9). As Faulkner’s life continued he began to receive many awards for his literary works these awards included “The O.Henry Memorial Short Story award, two Pulitzer prizes” (EGS 1-2), a few years later he would receive a”Nobel Prize in Literature” (Padgett 9). One of the last awards that Faulkner would receive is the “American Academy of Arts and Letters gold medal prize in fiction” (Padgett 3). With Faulkners health failing due to his “drinking habits and an unfortunate fall from a horse”, William...

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