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William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”

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William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" was a story written to express the deep blood ties that exist between a father and son. It also told about decisions that a young boy has to make between what is right and wrong. Abner Snopes , the father in the story, has too much pride. He does whatever it takes to get revenge on those he believes have crossed him in any way, even if it means breaking the law. He is a share cropper, and he believes that the wealthy people owe him something. He believes that they are the enemy and he tries to teach his son the same lesson. The story examines the internal conflict and dilemma between Sarty, the main character of the story, and his father, Abner. Sarty wants to break away from his overwhelming family life. Sarty's father, the share cropper hatred towards the wealthy people of the town grows strong. ...read more.


5). Although he has such a great liking for his father, he begins to question his thoughtless actions. After Sarty's testimony, the judge turns to Abner and eliminates Sarty's testimony, saying that he is too young to be a key witness. After being let go, the judge sentenced Abner and his family to be banished and to leave the country. When arriving to their new home, Sarty and his father go to De Spains house, the owner of the land Abner will be working on. At this point Sarty is very much in awe of the house. He seems to be very satisfied about the new living situation and hopes that his father feels the same way. He longs for his father to change his ways and stop the barn burning. Sarty thinks " maybe he'll feel it too. Maybe it will even change him now from what maybe he couldn't help but be" (par. ...read more.


Only I can't . I can't" (par.88). He realizes now that his father is not doing what he usually does when he is about to burn a barn , he does not send a slave to send a warning. At this point, conflict arises. Sarty hoped that his father would stop this evil disregard of the law and destruction of other peoples property. He now realizes that his father is never going to change. At this point of the story, Sarty makes his own decision . He overcomes the fear of his father and does the right thing. When doing this, he goes against everything that he has ever been taught. Sarty goes and warns De Spain about what is about to happen and continues running. He runs and doesn't look back, realizing that he can't go back. At this point of the story, the blood ties between father and son have been broken. Sarty's decision proves that he has grown up and realized that what his father does is wrong and therefore he wants no part of it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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