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Barn Burning Essay

  • Submitted by: cwachal
  • on April 27, 2011
  • Category: English
  • Length: 972 words

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Chris Wachal
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“The Barn Burning” character analysis
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The   Barn   burning   by   William   Faulkner   is   a   short   story   that   takes   whomever   is   reading   it   on   a   suspenseful   roller   coaster   from   the   very   beginning.   The   opening   scene   takes   place   right after   the   civil   war   ( around 1875)   in   a   store   where   one   of   the   main   characters   Abner   Snopes   is being   tried   for   arson   by   the   justice   of   the   peace.   Abner   is   found   not   guilty   because   he   has mind   washed   his   ten   year   old   son   Colonel   Sartoris   Snopes   (or   Sarty   for   short)   into   lying   for his   father.   The   towns   reaction   to   the   trial   is   hostel   to   say   the   least.   The   Snope   family   is banished   from   the   town   like   dozens   of   towns   prior.   This   lawless   trend   continues   until   Sarty stands   up   for   himself   and   informs   a   barn   owner   of   his   fathers   wrong   doings.   From   there   the plantation   owner   takes   the   law   into   his   own   hands   and   kills   the   abusive   arsonist.   William Faulkner's   use   of   character   in   this   story   makes   the   reader   wonder   how   a   man   as   evil   as   Abner Snopes   could   survive   in   such   a   harsh   and   violent   time   period   (just   after   the   civil   war). However   after   analyzing   how   Abner   uses   his   family   to   support   his   conduct   and   protects   him.   It   becomes   clear   that   a   family   raised   with   fear,   extensive   past   of   abuse,   and   manipulation,   also bribery   has no   choice   but   to   take   part   in   this   viscous   cycle.
In   this   story   The   Snope   family   rarely   speaks,   whether   it   is   to   each   other   or   to   their   husband and   father   Abner.   This   is   not   because   they   are   shy,   however   it   is   because   of   fear   and intimidation   that   William   Faulkner   portrays   Abner   Snope's   character   to   entitle.   His   family   listens   to   him   and   does   what   they   are   told   out   of   the   same   fear   that   is   enabling   Abner   to...

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