Barn Burning & Doe Season Literary Analysis
As a child our first hero is typically either our mother or father. We do everything we can to make them proud and grow up to be just like them. We tend to mimic their actions because we think it will make us more similar to them. In some situations we might find ourselves lying for our parents to cover up things that they do to avoid them getting into any trouble. As we grow older we tend to realize that we are not the same as mom and dad; we are our own person. However, it is thanks to our parents that we begin to find ourselves because we either follow their steps or learn from their mistakes. This situation sounds familiar to many and it is the same situation that is portrayed in many stories. [Universal Idea] In the short story, “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner, ten year old, Sarty struggles between doing the right thing or betraying his father. In “Doe Season” by David Kaplan, nine year old, Andy struggles in trying to be the boy her father never had or the girl she really is. In both of the short stories, with the help of the character relationships and conflicts, the authors portray the theme of children finding themselves. [Thesis] Kaplan, throughout “Doe Season” portrays Andy figuring out whether she wants to be Andy or Andrea. The question is asked by Charlie after he says “That’s what the woods are all about, anyway”(QUOTE) referencing that the woods are a place to get away from women. Upon being asked who she wants to be. Throughout the hunting trip she is bullied by Charlie and Mac for being there with them. They believe that hunting is not for women and she does not belong there as well as it being a mistake that she went. Her relationships with both of them consist of her trying to prove herself that she can be one of them. She tries to do everything her father does but once she has to shoot the doe, she struggles. During the moment when she has to take the shot she starts to realize that she...
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