`` Barn Burning `` By William Faulkner Essay

789 Words Oct 15th, 2015 4 Pages
William Faulkner’s, “Barn Burning,” illustrates the clash of socio-economic classes and the different ways people choose to respond to both oppression and adversity. I believe that although social economic injustice is a prominent factor, internalized racial superiority, and difficulties with moral integrity ultimately affect the way the antagonist of this story is displayed as such a negative character. The short story entails the journey of sharecropper Abner Snopes and his youngest son Sartoris Snopes. The two begin to come into conflict when a series of unlikely events continue to happen. Abner Snopes has taken it upon himself to burn places that aren’t rightfully his. In the first incident, nothing was proven and the family skips town and continue to move on with their lives in a different location. When Abner finds himself in a completely different area, he allows for his emotions on a deeper issue to get the best of him. He completely lashes out and gets himself into trouble. Abner then turns to burning the barn of his new location. The burning gives Sartoris no other choice but to warn the owners and run away while doing so. In the event where Abner is paying the consequences for completely ruining the owner of the house Mr. de Spain’s expensive white carpet there’s no sign of regret. Instead he ends up experiencing bigotry in an encounter with Mr. de Spain himself. In regards of the carpet on Faulkner page 16 Mr. de Spain tells Abner in front of his sons, “It…

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