Character analysis in the three stories tries to identify the common attributes of the main actors. The stories have different settings as well as the themes. However, the difference does not lock out the possibility of the main characters having similar qualities as expressed by the various stories. The paper will consider Robert from the Cathedral, Sarty from the Burning Barn and Mrs. Turnip from the Revelation. The short stories are engaging in the explanation of how the events unfold easing the process of analysis. As much as the listed people have different attributes, the number of similarities is also high. Therefore, a scrutiny of their actions and interaction with the people around will be instrumental in identifying the common attributes of the actors. Robert, Sarty and Mrs. Turnip are confident, arrogant, loyal to their friends, and family as indicated by the short stories.
The main characters in the stories show loyalty to their families and friends throughout the story. In the Burning Barn, the young boy by the name Sarty is loyal to the father (Faulkner 2). Despite the dad being guilty of burning the ban, the young boy refused to testify in the court. The testimony of the young boy could lead to the incarceration of the dad. Therefore, the loyalty of the boy towards the father made it impossible for the boy to betray the father despite the guilt. In the Cathedral, Robert is a loyal friend to the wife of the narrator. According to the story, the two friends kept in touch even after an end to the professional attachment (Carver 1). As loyal friends, the two kept in touch through recordings, which updated each other on their lives. After the death of Robert, the wife hosted him as a way of showing concern to him during the hard times. The level of loyalty between the two friends is very high. In the Revelation, Mrs. Turnip demonstrates commitment to the husband. Mr. Turnip suffers an injury from the accident with the cow (O’Connor 1). As a concerned wife, she takes the husband to the hospital where she experiences the embarrassing encounter with Mary Grace. The three characters show loyalty to the immediate family, which is a common trait among them.
In the stories, arrogance is a common trait among the main characters. Arrogance is a state where an individual performs actions that intimidate other people without a consideration of their feelings. In the Burning Barn, the story portrays the main character as very arrogant. Sarty accompanies his father to visit the mansion (Faulkner 6). On the way, he steps into horse poop and intentionally walks into the house with the poop. Sarty destroys the white rag using the poop in his shoes. His arrogant nature pushes him to his actions without considering the feelings of the owners. Similarly, Robert portrays proud behaviors by visiting the house of the narrator without enquiring his feelings about the visit. In the story, he visits the family and becomes very comfortable in the house without any regard to the husband. His comfort confuses the narrator, but Robert does not show any concern for the discomfort. Robert assumes that the support of the wife in having him around communicated the same expression from the husband (Carver 10). Therefore, he makes himself comfortable in the house. In the Revelation, Mrs. Turnip shows arrogance in the hospital through interacting with those she considered having the same level as her. She looked at the other patients in a demeaning manner and talked in a loud voice disturbing Mary Grace. Mrs. Turnip did not care about her actions to the other people at the hospital showing arrogance (O’Connor 4).
The actions portrayed by the main actors show genuine concern over each other. The caring trait of the characters is evident through many activities demonstrated throughout the story. Despite his arrogance, Sarty knows that his dad and the brother are about to burn the ban belonging to Mr. Spain (Faulkner 13). In order to salvage the situation, he runs to the mansion to warn the owner about the planned arson. Sarty did not mind going against the wishes of his father. His caring nature pushes him to do the right thing by warning Mr. Spain. In the Cathedral, Robert shows his caring life by creating a kind friendship between him and the narrator. Robert was very jovial to the point of making the narrator comfortable around him leading to the drawing experience (Carver 13). When the wife of the narrator slept, Robert utilized the moment to know the narrator through their interaction. More so, he kept in touch with the wife of the narrator due to the care he had in their friendship. In the Revelation, Mrs. Turnip is caring about the welfare of the husband (O’Connor 2). The husband is not in a position to cater for his medical attendance. Therefore, Mrs. Turnip takes her husband to the hospital as a show of her caring nature. The care among the three main actors is excellent. The characters portray the trait while dealing with their friends and family in the stories.
The stories present opportunities for the main characters to learn from the events in their lives. The three actors are excellent learners who use the information acquired and changed their perception of life and their actions in the society. For example, Sarty saves his father from prosecution by failing to testify against him (Faulkner 1). However, he feels guilty and tries to warn Mr. Spain about the planned arson. The step showed he regretted covering up for the father and wanted to change his actions by doing the right thing. In the Revelation, Mrs. Turnip was demeaning to other people based on their appearance and cultural background (O’Connor 4). The revelation at the end of the story showed her that all people were the same in the eyes of the creator. She was remorseful for her actions towards the other people. Therefore, she stops the cultural hatred towards other people and focuses on being kind to all people. In the Cathedral, Robert is fast in noticing the uncertainty in the voice of the narrator while describing a cathedral (Carver 12). In an effort to make him comfortable, he asks him to draw the temple with him. All the three characters are very fast in realizing the negative implication of a situation and rectifying it. Their actions are different from one story to another; however, they all show the similarity in their character concerning being fast learners.
The confidence exemplified by the main characters is high. At the beginning of the Revelation, Mrs. Turnip walks into the waiting room of a hospital. However, she goes ahead to interact with the people who seem to have the highest class among the patients. Mrs. Turnip has extreme confidence that she belongs to the best group in the society (O’Connor 5). She goes ahead to despise those people she considers to be of a lower class. Robert of the Cathedral does not let the blindness reduce his confidence. Despite the blindness, he goes ahead to marry a woman she considers beautiful through a church wedding (Carver 3). He was confident enough to visit the narrator and enjoy the stay despite lack of prior interaction with the family. When the wife sleeps, he interacts with the narrator confidently to the extent of participating in an interactive drawing section. Robert eliminates the pity that the narrator felt for blind people through his confidence in his chats. In the Burning Barn, Sarty is confident enough to stand before the jury and support his father (Faulkner 1). Sarty was a young boy. However, the age did not deter him from exercising confidence in front of the court. Sarty was also confident to walk up to Mr. Spain and warn him of the impending arson. All characters underwent a scenario that portrayed the confidence in their character from the stories.
The stories present many personalities that are common among the three main characters. The comparison on their nature through a comprehensive analysis points out the courageous, loyal and confident people in the stories. More so, the stories communicate the similarity of their character despite the varied settings presented by the stories. Sarty is a small boy who tries hard to save his father by lying to the justice department investigating the dad. On the other hand, Robert is a blind man who visits the narrator’s wife and changes his perception on blind people. Lastly, Mrs. Turnip is a Christian who fights with the feeling of discrimination towards other Christians. At the end of the stories, all the characters use their experiences in changing the circumstances in their immediate surroundings. All the characters are fast learners and caring to their friends and family respectively.