Barn Burning by William Faulkner

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William Faulkner is a writer from Mississippi. Faulkner is a very famous writer with most of his most famous works being short stories. Two of his most popular short stories are “A rose for Emily” along with “Barn Burning”. Faulkner has many other popular works, but “Barn Burning” was one of his well-known stories because of the many different of elements of literature in which Faulkner chose to include. Faulkner was known as a writer who could properly convey many different elements of literature, such as symbolism, conflict, tone, and many other elements of plot within his stories. In “Barn Burning”, William Faulkner most commonly uses symbolism and conflict to emphasize the obstacles that Sarty has to face in his youth years.
Writers often use the literary elements within their writings to make the writing much more appealing. Writers have many different elements to choose to use within their writings. For the short story, Faulkner using conflict within “Barn Burning” helped give the story intensity and made readers want to keep reading to conclude to the resolution. William Faulkner uses conflict within this short story by testing Sartry’s loyalty. Testing Sartry’s loyalty opened up Faulkner’s entire story to conflict. By using conflict, Faulkner was successful in making his story much more appealing. Many different authors have different viewpoints on what they believe is the conflict of this story. Wilson conveys Faulkner’s use of conflict very well within his writing. He explains just how Snopes arouses conflict and how for him to be considered a productive member of society, he must begin with being more loyal to his society. Wilson also introduces the conflict with the terms of being considered an Apollonian man compared ...

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...ferent aspects of conflict, along with symbolism. By using these two elements, William Faulkner was able to portray all of the many trials and tribulations that Sartry would face within his younger years.

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