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  • Abner's Cold Character
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    In "Barn Burning", Abner is described as stiff, wolf-like, and without heat because of his coldness and bitterness toward society in which he was part of during the time of the War Between the States. The main character is Abner Snopes who sharecrops to make a living for his family; in his story, Faulkner describes a typical relationship between wealthy people and poor people during that particular time. When described as stiff, we see Abner's abruptness and coldness towards his family as well a...
  • Sarty And His Father Abner Snopes
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    William Faulkner's " Barn Burning " William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" presents a dichotomy of thought. On one hand, it is a heroic tragedy about Sarty Snopes growing into awareness and morality. On the other, it is a story describing a moribund southern aristocracy built on a tainted ante-bellum foundation of slavery and decaying on a post-war economic oppression of white agrarians. Sarty rightfully looks at this old order of life as a symbol of hope. However, to Abner Snopes, this way of life r...
  • Abner By The Way Sarty
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    Barn Burning Youre getting to be a man. You got to learn. You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you aint going to have any blood to stick to you. This quote from William Faulkner's Barn Burning does reveal a central issue in the story, as Jane Hills suggests in her interpretation. The story is about blood ties, but more specifically, how these ties affect Sarty (the central character of the story). The story examines the internal conflict and dilemma that Sarty faces. When the story beg...
  • Abner's Lack Of Respect For The Law
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    A Father's Legacy The cruel dominance of a father, can distinguish any flame of hope that builds in the people around him. In William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning,' Abner is that father. The story portrays a nomadic life of a family driven from one home to another. Abner had a craving hunger to belittle those around him that thought they were "better than him. ' Although the family accepts the nomadic life, Sarty (the son) dreams of having peace and stability. To have this peace, it only...
  • Comparison Between Sarty Snopes And His Father
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    In? Barn Burning, ? Faulkner incorporates several instances of irony. He utilizes this literary tool in order to help the development of his characters and to express his ultimate message to the readers. Some examples of his use of irony are the unintentional yet inevitable ending of the Snopes family time after time, the similarities and differences between Sarty Snopes and his father, and finally, the two distinct purposes for which Abner Snopes uses fire. Separately, each is able to contribut...
  • End Of The Violent Acts Of Abner
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    The Downfall of Abner Snopes William Faulkner's short story Barn Burning describes a typical relationship between wealthy people and poor people during the Civil War. The main character, Abner Snopes, sharecrops to make a living for his family. He despises wealthy people. Out of jealousy for wealthy people, he goes and burns their barns to get revenge. Abner's character over the course of the story is unchanging in that he is cold-hearted, lawless, and violent. First, Abner's unchanging characte...

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