Barn Burning By William Faulkner Essay

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William Faulkner the author of Barn Burning and other literature works, identified key aspects of creating good literature in his Nobel Prize Acceptance speech. The writer should include love, honor , pity, pride, compassion and sacrifice ; lastly, the writer must include the heart in conflict. Faulkner’s Barn Burning was about a boy name Sarty, struggling to deal with his father Abner. Abner a very cold, stiff man commits crimes, his most recent one burning a barn. Sarty has to decide whether to betray himself by going against his ethics or his father by turning his back on him. With this being said Faulkner’s Barn Burning novel is a good piece of literature from the definition provided due to the heart being conflicted Abner causes both Sarty and his mother to be conflicted. Sarty thinks of running away to escape his father ; or continue to stand by his father and continue to suffer from Abner’s actions . While the mother tries to influence Sarty to stand up to Abner but is tired of her efforts being stopped by Abner. Sarty, deeply ponders whether to betray his father or stay loyal watching all the things his father does . As well as Sarty trying to remain hopeful about his evil father continuing his same actions prior to the move. Though Sarty was the main character in the novel, there was a parallel connection with the mother and Sarty’s emotions towards the father. She’s conflicted on whether to show Sarty that she can stand up to Abner or just give up because of…

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