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Reconciliation Between Jewel and Darl?

by EL-14, July 22, 2013

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The analysis for sections 46-52 states that "Darl’s burning of the barn does hasten reconciliation between Darl and Jewel." This couldn't be more untrue. As Jewel retrieves the casket from the fire, he lets out a blood curdling scream of "Darl!" already aware that it was he who set fire to the barn. After this, Jewel sits on the wagon and is said to glare at Darl like a bulldog waiting to pounce, and Jewel suggests to Anse that they should immediately tie Darl up to be taken to the asylum, even before their mother is buried. There never is a reconciliation between Jewel and Darl. Darl burning the barn just foments Jewel's hatred of Darl (who taunts Jewel throughout the novel about his mother's death, his love for his horse, and his paternity), increasing it to the breaking point.


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