There is no sense in locking up Abner for his crime because the only real suffering that would result would be that of his family who depends on him, and they were innocent in this regard. Even though he works long hours being a sharecropper he is barely providing for his family. His son, Sarty is “small for his age, small and wiry like his father, in patched and faded jeans even too small for him” (Faulkner 181). Abner is constantly reminded of his shortcomings by those around him all throughout the story which seems to continually instigate the conflicts further and further cause him to rebel against the society around him.
When Mr. Harris “gave him enough wire to patch up his pen” he was insulting Abner with fake charity for not being able to make enough money to perform the ad...
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...er the ruined rug when he stated “It cost a hundred dollars. But you never had a hundred dollars” (Faulkner 189). It is very apparent everyone knows the condition this family lives in. Which further emasculates Abner’s ability of being the head of his household. They could be pitying him because a sharecropper post-civil war being forced to work alongside freed slaves was demeaning or because they feel he lacks the mental capacity to learn to make the right decisions.
The justice of the peace did the right thing in this case. Neither his family nor the justice of the peace can control Abner, but it is best for everyone that he leaves the county. The lesser of the two evils is forcing the family to keep putting up with Abner and his actions till they meet their own breaking points. The likelihood that any jail time would change Abner for the better is slim to none.
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