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Sarty's Thoughts And Ab's Actions
826 wordsBarn Burning' is a sad story because it very clearly shows the classical struggle between the "privileged" and the "underprivileged" classes. Time after time emotions of despair surface from both the protagonist and the antagonist involved in the story. This story outlines two distinct protagonists and two distinct antagonists. The first two are Colonel Sartor is Snopes ("Sarty") and his father Abner Snopes ("Ab"). Sarty is the protagonist surrounded by his father antagonism whereas Ab is the pr...
William Faulkner's Short Story Barn Burning
1,050 wordsThe Southern Social Themes of Barn Burning William Faulkner undoubtedly ranks one of the best and most influential writers both in America and in history. Among his various works of art, the most famous ones are those set in his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, which is molded out of his "native soil". Despite their Southern setting, these works convey something universally true. As Faulkner often claims, he is just a story-teller, telling about man in conflict, about how he "endures and prevails...
1,289 wordsFaulkner grew up in Mississippi in the beginning of the twentieth century (William Faulkner 699). He was the son to Murray C. and Maud Butler Faulkner (Hoffman 13). Growing up in the South in the early 1900's meant being exposed to harsh racism. He watched the blacks endure unbelievable amounts of cruelty and was amazed at how the blacks conducted themselves with such dignity. He witnessed, first hand, what discrimination is and could not comprehend why this goes on. In many of Faulkner's works ...
De Spains Barn
658 wordsBarn Burning: An Endless Circle William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning" is the tale of a southern man forced into a role by society. "Barn Burning" takes place in the post Civil War South where a mans place in society is derived by their actions during the war. Ab Snopse, a man who served both the North and the South, is plagued with his non-allegiance and failure to accept authority. When Ab comes into conflict with his employer, he finds himself taking control from the authority figure, ...
Barn Burning The Major Theme
543 wordsWilliam Faulkner is concerned with the south and its problems with black slavery. The issues in Barn Burning deal with the conflict between father and son. The theme of this story focuses on justice. The boy, S arty, objects to his father burning barns and wants people to be treated fairly. His father, Abner, believes his son should respect and support kin. Abner thinks family is right no matter what. Faulkner's intent is to show that choosing between one's own family and justice is very difficu...
Charge Against Sarty's Father
352 wordsYoung Sarty has a choice: He can be loyal to his father, his blood relative, or he can do what he innately senses is right. He knows that his father is wrong when he burns barns, but Abner constantly reminds his son of the importance of family blood, and of the responsibilities that being part of a family entails. He tells Sarty, "You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain't going to have any blood to stick to you". In other words, if you are not utterly loyal to your own family, no ...
Bartleby Like Abner Snopes
1,772 wordsSome interpretations of Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener and William Faulkner's Barn Burning have explained these works as a testament to the individual's struggle against society. These stories highlight and illustrate the currents of social inequity and revere one's stake in their identity beyond all adversity. Both stories conflicts deal with the characters resistance to these injustices and, consequently, cause their inevitable downfall. The purpose of this paper is to compare and co...
End Of The Violent Acts Of Abner
935 wordsThe 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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