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Analysis Of Barn Burning

Accomplice to Accomplishment In “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner, follows the protagonist, Colonel Sartoris Snopes, also known as Sarty, a small, wiry 10 year old boy who has inherited innocence and morals from his mom, while attempted to be taught loyalty above all from his father. As well as his father, Abner, a serial arsonist who is cold, violent, and values loyalty. Also Sarty’s mom, Lennie, who is emotional, caring, and seems beaten down from the constant moving due to her husband’s illegal activities. The story follows them as they are run out of town due to Abner burning down someone’s barn because of dispute over escaping farm animals. While he is not convicted, they are forced to leave town. When they find a new home and place…show more content…
He also grew tired of being scared of his father. When Sarty discovers Abner plans to burn down another barn, he feels the need to warn the owner. He ran to the house of the owner and screamed “barn” to warn him, “then he saw the white man too emerging from a white door down the hall. ‘Barn!’ he cried. ‘Barn!’” (Faulkner 182). Warning the owner came at a big price however; the owner caught Abner and shot him, “… still running even after he heard the shot and, an instant later, two shots, pausing now without knowing he had ceased to run, crying” (Faulkner 183). Eventually once the realization sunk in about what had happened, he came to terms with it, “He got up. He was a little stiff, but walking would cure that too… He went down the hill, toward the dark woods within which the liquid silver voices of the birds called unceasing, the rapid and urgent beating of the urgent and quiring heart of the late spring night. He did not look back” (Faulkner 183). Sarty realized that while a devastating loss it was losing his father he was no longer afraid of what he could do to him, his family, and to other people. Justice was finally
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