CHARACTER COMPARISON OF PAUL FROM PAULS CASE AND SARTY FROM BARN BURNING

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The stories “Barn Burning” written by William Faulkner and “Paul’s Case” written by Willa Cather both have two separate characters with very similar troubles. Each has a uniquely sad narrative. “Barn Burning” is a sad story because it not only shows the classical struggle between the underprivileged and the privileged classes, but also the struggle between a father and his son, Sarty. Together, these two boys share comparable lifestyles. Each has conflicts with his …

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…his crimes and his father, he jumps in front of a train, thereby, of course, committing suicide. Paul's last thoughts are on the things that he will never get to do, because he ended it all before his time. Like Paul, Sarty runs away from the only life he has ever known and all of his family. Sarty wants to live out his dream, which consists of a moral life according to his own values.