Elie believes in the traditional role of a protected and protector. Elie’s father looks out for him and saves his son from being strangers by someone on the train. At camp, the traditional role of protector is reserved by Elie, he wanted to protect his father because he was getting weaker as the days went by. Prisoners distinguish horrific events and became selfish, son sacrificed fathers in two occasions in the book and became more like animals and turned on each other. Pipel abused his own father and son killed his own father for a piece of bread on the train the Buchenwald.
In William Faulkner 's “Barn Burning”, Sarty fights his own internal conflict of whether to side with his family, therefore lying about his father’s history of arson, or to abandon his family due to his moral issues with their actions. Sarty defends his father’s honor as a way of siding with his family. He brawls with the boys outside the “courthouse” all because they disparage his father by calling him a “barn burner” (p. 208). Sarty regrets telling the truth to the judge. Sarty becomes well aware of his decisions and realizes how they can impact his family.
(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. Sarty nearly confesses the truth when he called to testify, but the Justice of the Peace dismisses him before he can speak. Once outside the courtroom, Sarty is again loyal to his family, to his "blood ties." Another boy hisses "Barn burner!" as Sarty and his father are walking out of the courtroom, one thin, wiry body after another.
Sarty's naïveté blinds his impression of his father at times. He knows that it was wrong of his father to burn down the barn at the beginning of the story, yet Sarty feels that he must stand up for his father. Being so young and innocent, and considering their place in the family during this time in history, young boys were prone to thinking that their fathers knew best and that they could do no wrong. Even in the end of the story after Sarty's morals are victorious over his devotion to his father, Sarty still cries aloud, "...
Abner has been tried once before for the burning of Mr. Harris' barn. This might have been Abner raging against economic inequality. He is a poor white tenant farmer with a large family (his wife, her sister and his three children). Sarty is a small young and untidy little boy who is very scared and intimidated by his father. Although, he knows right and wrong, he tries to show loyalty to his father,.
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.
The Road, a thrilling novel about a post-apocalyptic world, demonstrates a great understanding of the reasoning behind the choices humans make. While living a normal life with his wife and child, some unknown disaster occurs leaving the world in ruins and a father caring for his son by himself. He continues to raise his son, facing difficult decisions everyday, but inclusively decides to continue living. Also after discovering a bunker full of nonperishable foods, the father makes the tough decision to leave. Finally, the father choices to take a robber’s clothes; which presumably leads to the thief’s death.
mine and hisn both,”(277) after which he challenges and is beaten by a boy “half again his size”(278) because the boy called his father a “barn burner”(278) he is left to make a critical decision between saving his family or his own morality. What prompts Sarty to betray his own moral character is his fear of Abner, who he describes as the “black, flat, and bloodless . . . voice harsh like tin and without heat like tin”(279).
Although the family accepts the nomadic life, Sarty (the son) dreams of having peace and stability. To have this peace, it only requires a lack of conflict. The Snope family was doomed to struggle due to Abner's constant instigation of conflict, the ongoing domination of his family and his complete lack of respect for the law. Abners instigation of conflict, gives him justification to destroy the center of livlihood (the barn) of those he envies. The "ravening and jealous rage" he feels when seeing DeSpains home for the first time, leads to his desire to destroy it in some way.
In a way, I think the love of Doodle should have been much more precious to his brother than the activities they planned. Every second with one who came so close to death should be revered and held tightly. The narrator is locked in a battle with what he feels socially acceptable and his love for his little brother. This sought after, “social acceptance,” drove the brother to push away Doodle’s dependency on him. This was how Doodle died, but he never stopped loving his brother.