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This story is no exception, however, the greatest job that he served as a writer was the intricate fabrication of fine play of words with the anxiety and aggression that the protagonist faced. The characters in the story play an important part in explaining to readers the general behavior of people. The main characters are an antagonist who gains sadistic pleasure in destroying the elements of law in the society, a protagonist who chooses the right path and in turn shows the readers the right path, and the secondary characters who either are the cause for the behavior of antagonist or are meek observers who do not have the heart to choose the right path. This story has it all.
In the story, the protagonist is young Sartoris Snopes, or Sarty as he is referred to in the rest of the story, and the antagonist his stern father, Abner Snopes. The conflict that forms the central theme is the loyalty towards one’s blood or loyalty towards truth and justice. While the antagonist prefers the former to the two, more to satisfy his own evil deeds and to secure his foothold, the protagonist prefers the latter. The conflict arises because the two are related by blood and while on many occasions Sarty tries to show his sense of loyalty to blood, he fails to understand his father’s desire to destroy his enemy, more so when he himself is responsible for creating that enemy. Young Sarty is in a bind because the antagonist is his father, so while his morals prefer justice and truth, they also compel him to be faithful to his father. Parents are the central figure for a child, however, with Sarty choosing the path of justice at the end, the writer shows how relations need to be restrained in order to do the right thing, which also indicates breaking free from the illusions and the bonds that keep a person from doing the right thing.
Abner Snopes is a disgruntled man who is unable to find his sense of security for the simple reason because he is poor and
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Introduction The short story ‘Barn Burning’, written by William Faulkner, is a story that throws a light on the concept of psychological slavery in human beings. Through the characters of the story, Faulkner has described how human beings become a victim of slavery even when they have a choice of living a free and happy life.
William Faulkner’s Barn Burning is a short story that details the life of a child who moves from town to town because his father constantly burns the barns of the people with whom they are staying. The story functions as an investigation into social class and moral responsibility.
The plot follows the life of the Snopes family, who are forced to relocate as a result of the father, Abner Snopes, the patriarch and the main antagonist of the story. Abner Snopes’ pyromaniacal and compulsive desire to exact revenge often leaves him in a tight spot with the law and his son, Sarty; whom he always blackmails in to lying for him in court.
Customer’s Name Instructor’s Name Course 6 June, 2012 William Faulkner’s Barn Burning Barn Burning is a widely acclaimed short story, written by William Faulkner in 1939. This is the first one in the Snopes Trilogy series. Barn Burning is one of the most famous novels from William Faulkner.
Barn Burning is a short story that revolves around the life of a young boy, Sarty Snopes. In this story, the writer, Faulkner brings out a strange description of Snopes. He is allowed to walk scot free from the court although he has been found guilty of burning barns (Faulkner 1).
“Barn Burning” Without question, one of the most discussed topics with relation to William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” is in relation to the conflict that evolves between Sartoris and his father Abner Snopes. Although this has been discussed to a great deal, the reason for this is due to the fact that it is such a salient and powerful mechanism in this particular story.
The family seems to be in existence outside the society and outside the law, and their moral code is about the loyalty of the family rather than the conventional notions of wrong or right. Sartoris is told by Snopes that he needs to remain loyal to his family, or he will be alone.
Although viewed as a criminal act by today's standards, the burning of barns was common during the Great Depression. The only difference being that the burned barns actually belonged to the farmers, whereas in this story, Abner Snopes burned other people's barns.
of his testimony came to my mind, I got an idea of the thought that is running a Sarty’s mind at that moment and the mindset that has been embedded in him. He screams to himself, ‘Enemy!’ which refers to the people who are up against his father and his entire family. Sarty