Barn Burning By William Faulkner Essay

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William Faulkner’s short story “Barn Burning” is a story filled with myth. This story that features a coming of age present a boy born to a family with a father who can be thought of as Satan and have a relationship similar to the one of Zeus and Cronus. These stories provide a significant view of the south in the 1800’s. The characters and families of both William Faulkner’s stories are viewed as groups that live in the south. The stories strongly display the characters facing challenges of morality within themselves. The character of Abner and the relationships he and Sarty have in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” are better understood and related to those in Homer’s “The Odyssey” and Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”. “Barn Burning” is set in the south during the late 1800’s which happens to be a typical setting in Faulkner’s works. This plays a significant role because it helps the reader understand the importance of the farming and racism that takes place. A young boy named Colornel Sratoris Snopes, known as Sarty, was living with his family which included his mother Lennie Snopes, his aunt Lizzie, his brother Colonel John Snopes, his two sisters, and his father Abner Snopes, who believed strongly in blood loyalty. Abner Snopes is a selfish man who refers to his family as himself and everyone else as “they”. This creates a strong separation between himself and the rest of the town and this mentality is that backbone to the ultimate plot. In the story, Abner is blamed for the…

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