He is a cold deviant man. His family is constantly moving around because of the violent crimes he commits. This creates external conflict between Abner and de Spain. Out of this argument arises Sarty's argument, that deals with sticking to both his morals and loyal ties to his family. Abner has been tried once before for the burning of Mr. Harris' barn.
For the fact that a father has high expectation of his son. For example, “Death of a Salesman “and “Fences “both Willy and Troy are fathers that are having a hard time earning the respect from their son that they want, and trying to be a role model for their sons. Between, Death of a Salesman,” and fences,” both protagonist, Willy and Troy both depict the role
"..our enemy he thought in that despair; ourn! Mine and hisn both! He's my father!" (400) Sarty's father Abner is constantly reminding him of his responsibilities as part of a family and of the importance of family blood, apparent in his comment, "You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain't going to have any blood to stick to you." (402) Sarty knows that his father's habit of burning barns is wrong, but his loyalty to honor and justice almost get the best of him.
Following the barn trial, Snopes’ demeanor towards his son, Colonel Sartoris, clearly demonstrates his use of fear and intimidation to gain respect and conformity within his family. Although, the young boy experiences physical and emotional trauma as a result of the trial, Abner fails to and will not allow his wife to express any form of empathy. However, he chastises his son by striking him and giving him a lecture about manhood. “You’re getting to be a man. You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain’t going to have any blood to stick to you.
He's my father!)" (2176). Upon hearing the hiss of someone accusing his father of burning barns, Sarty feels "the old fierce pull of blood" and is blindly thrust into a fight, only to be physically jerked back by his father's hand and his cold voice ordering him to get in the wagon. As the Snopes' family leaves town, Sarty consoles himself with the hope that this will be the last time his father commits the act that he cannot bring himself to even think of : "Maybe he's done satisfied now, now that he has" (2177). Deep down, Sarty knows his father is not going to end his destructive rampage.
The dual instincts of loyalty and integrity are what plague Sarty throughout the story. Early on we see in Sarty’s actions his desire to defend his family, for example; when he is leaving the first courthouse with his family he fights the first person who calls him a barn burner. The narrator lets us know that Sarty is in a blind fury and unable to see or feel the person he is fighting. The passion that he feels is likely fueled by his inability to stand whole hearted with his father. When the family stops to camp for the night, Abner hits Sarty and then explains his view: that the people in the towns they leave only want t... ... middle of paper ... ...th and justice he cannot justify completely abandoning his father.
In William Faulkner’s story “Barn Burning” a young boy named Sarty is raised by an impoverished white family of sharecroppers, their circumstances leave little room for them to improve their conditions of living. Their family has to work on rich landowner’s farms and get paid a little share of the land owner’s crops. Given their situation Sarty’s father Abner when feeling wronged takes matters into his own hands, and often this is done by burning down the landowner’s barns. Sarty is constantly being placed into a situation where he has to choose between his beliefs in right and wrong, or his fathers. This causes the main psychological conflict in the story.
Analysis of The Barn Burning by William Faulkner The short story “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner is about a ten year old boy, Sarty Snopes, who has grown to realize that his father, Abner Snopes, provides a life of “despair and grief” as he refuses to accept the “peace and dignity” generated by the ties with other people. In essence, Sarty is faced with the dilemma of choosing between his family (his blood) and moral conscience of what is right and wrong. Jane Hiles interprets this story to be about blood ties through Sartys character in dealing with his internal conflict with his father. More specifically, Jane Hiles refers to Abners statement, Jane Hiles refers to Abners statement to Sarty, i.e. “You’re getting to be a man.
On the contrary, Colonel is the opposition to his father by trying to morally do the right thing ,which is bringing justice to his unrighteous acts. This ongoing match of wanting to tell the truth and sticking by family sprouted in the petite building that was known as the court house. It all started when Colonel was summoned to the stand to be questioned about his father 's where abouts. Being paralyzed by fear, he is unable to admit to what happened due to him knowing that his father
Sarty's realizes that he will have to lie about the fire in order to save his father, and that his father wants him to do so. This understanding constitutes one of the very few moments of perfect synchrony between father and son. Later, when they leave the proceeding, Sarty gets into a fight with some of the local boys who call Abner "Barn Bumer!"(227). He feels an insult directed at his father is the same thing as an insult directed at him. He defends his father the same way he would have defended himse1f Had Abner... ... middle of paper ... ...er's unfair ways.