Symbolism In Barn Burning By William Faulkner

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Symbolism in Short Stories Many authors and poets uses symbolism to express emotion and sections throughout the text. Symbols is a great literary device that can help give messages to the reader without the author being too direct. In the story, “Barns Burning” by William Faulkner, Symbolism helps analysis different emotions and meaning throughout the story. In the story “Barns Burning” Abner Snopes, the father is accused of burning a neighbor’s barn. Sarty is faced with a decision that will shape the rest of his life. Sarty is called to the stand, but because the plaintiff is ultimately unwilling to force him to testify against his own father, the case is closed, and the father is advised to leave that part of the country. As the family Sarty,…show more content…
The figure of fire in the story is used many times throughout the story. The emotion that fire gives in the text is anger. In the story, “Barns Burning” Abner, the father is powerless and out of control. Fire is the one thing in his life he can control. Abner is the boss. This seems like another way of saying that Abner does not hit out of anger, or strong, burning emotion. Rather, his hitting is as calculated as his fire burning and he does it for a reason, to make the person or animal he hits do what he wants. Ironically, fire and hitting, the things that give Abner control over his life, without those around him makes him powerless. The quote “And older still, he might have divined the true reason: that the element of fire spoke to some deep mainspring of his father 's being, as the element of steel or of powder spoke to other men, as the one weapon for the preservation of integrity, else breath were not worth the breathing, and hence to be regarded with respect and used with discretion (Faulkner 228)” explains…show more content…
The wagon expressed how the family relationship was in the story. In the story the wagon on moving day was broken and hard to use when they moved from the country and also wants to connected the broken wagon to the broken relationships between the family. “The boy could remember-the battered stove, the broken beds and chairs, the clock inlaid with mother-of-pearl, which would not run, stopped at some fourteen minutes past two o 'clock of a dead and forgotten day and time, which had been his mother 's dowry (Faulkner 227)” explains the condition of the wagon and with the condition of the wagon creates some conflict during the beginning of the text. In the story, “The wagon went on, the store with its quiet crowd of grimly watching men dropped behind; a curve in the road hid it. Forever he thought. Maybe he 's done satisfied now, now that he has ... stopping himself, not to say it aloud even to himself. His mother 's hand touched his shoulder (Faulkner 228) explains the conflict that happen with the wagon and the effect it had on the family. According to Hans H. Skei ‘s Article “The description of the wagon, loaded with the family’s belongings, with two hulking sisters and a crying mother, is indicative of what sort of life Ab Snopes has created for the family from which he expects total loyalty
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