Topics: Abuse, William Faulkner, Short story Pages: 3 (906 words) Published: October 8, 2013
Kate Scott, a psychologist and associate professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand stated " Early adverse experiences can shape people's behavior and lifestyle. " Most childhoods with abuse tend to have a major impact on the way that they will turn out in life. Most will always have problems, even in adulthood and some will become abusive themselves. In William Faulkner’s Barn Burning and Jamaica Kincaid's Girl, both authors utilize characterization, major conflict, focalization, and expectations to show hardships and abuse that some children had to face in their homes. In both of the short stories, the narrator goes through a major conflict that requires them to shorten their childhood because of physical and verbal abuse. In Kincaid's Girl, the narrator has a conflict in which she v.s. her mother. In line 14 of Girl, it states, “ but I don't sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school.” ( Kincaid 171) In this line, the reader is introduced to a misunderstanding between the narrator and her mother. The girl constantly struggles with misunderstandings, with her mother, due to her mother feeling the girl isn't good enough. Similarly, in Faulkner's Barn Burning, the narrator also has a conflict, but his struggle is boy v.s. dad. In paragraph 3 of Barn Burning, it states " His father, stiff in his black Sunday coat donned not for the trial but for the moving, did not even look at him. He aims for me to lie, he thought, again with that frantic grief and despair. And I will have to do hit." (Faulkner 188) In this paragraph it demonstrates that the narrator is scared of his father and he feels like he has to lie for him. The young boy knows that this is wrong, but feels pressured to lie because it's his father. In both short stories, the narrator is being pressured by their parents to do things they do not want to do.             In both Barn Burning and Girl, the authors use focalization to show the verbal and physical abuse by their parent....
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