Comparison and Contrast from the Past as a New Beginning Modernist writing is often concerned with the past. The past is a source of familiarity and tradition – but a past that is also sickly and fading. Those who cannot embrace the present and future – those who are trapped within the past – are presented as lost and defeated. Simply, there needs to be a renegotiation between the established past and the future. If any character is to emerge successfully from these texts it is because they can, in some way, make this renegotiation. And yet this success will often lead to isolation – leaving the protagonist separated from the past and precariously awaiting the future. William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” and D.H. Lawrence’s “The Horse...The end:
.....tagonists of the stories and how their isolation leads to a successful break from the past and a positive interaction with the present and future. Both Sartoris and Mabel – regardless of the pressures put on them from others – refuse to abandon their personal beliefs. This commitment leads first to isolation, with Sartoris abandoning his family and Mable attempting suicide, but then leads to a greater integration with the world. Mabel finds a connection that brings her outside of the dying business and life, while Sartoris finds protection through his own morality and the comfort of nature. Works Cited Faulkner, William. “Barn Burning.” (Further information needed). Lawrence, D.H. “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter.” (Further information needed).