Barn Burning By William Faulkner Essays

1200 Words Oct 20th, 2015 5 Pages
We see several different economic classes in "Barn Burning." The extremely poor class of tenant farmers to which Sarty, our ten-year-old protagonist, and his family belong presents a stark contrast to the privileged class of their wealthy landlord, Major de Spain. While Sarty 's father seems to be engaged in a personal class war against all those wealthier than he is, he also seems to be pushing his family further into poverty. As his father moves further away from society, Sarty is drawn closer to it. Sarty doesn 't yet know that cruelty exists among all classes and that burning a barn is not the worst thing a man can do. But, he does know he wants to be of benefit to his community, and that he wants out of the mess of poverty. Since he 's only ten, we only see the first steps he takes in obtaining these goals. William Faulkner 's short story "Barn Burning" describes a typical relationship between wealthy people and poor people during the Civil War. The main character, Abner Snopes, sharecrops to make a living for his family. He despises wealthy people. Out of resentment for wealthy people, he goes and burns their barns to get revenge. Abner 's character over the course of the story is unchanging in that he is cold hearted, lawless, and violent. First, Abner 's unchanging character shows his cold heartedness. After being sentenced to leave the country for burning a man 's barn, he shows no emotions to his family. . His cold, emotionless responses coupled with his…

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