When such a separation occurs… 914 Words 4 Pages Summary of central events: Mr. This time too, Abner decides to burn down the de Spain barn. It shows how the very poor can be turned against the very rich as well as the impact an abusive father can have on an entire family. Fire is the one thing in his life he can control. Analysis 'Barn Burning' explores some recurrent themes of Faulkner's fiction, such as family legacy, honor, and shame.
Sarty's mother tries to treat the wound he has acquired in the scuffle, but he tells her to leave him alone. This angers Abner and once again he chooses to use fire as a weapon. He was used to his natural instincts and the teaching of his own heritage. He must also discover for himself that his father is wrong and learn to grow up the right way in a racial environment. The main character, Abner Snopes, sharecrops to make a living for his family.
However, Sarty has a strong sense of justice. Sarty is caught in a cycle of behavior that stems from having a prestigious family name while suffering under reduced economic circumstances. Sarty seems to do anything his father says at the begging of the story. Sarty watches as his father walks right through a fresh pile of horse manure and keeps right on walking. Without men like Abner to work his farm for the skimpiest wages, de Spain wouldn't have a mansion in the first place. When the judge asks Harris if the boy should be questioned, Harris says no. I understand why this is a highly-praised classic; the themes it reflects are really important.
Here, Sarty allows himself to separate himself a small amount from his father in imagining this massive home as an impervious, safe one. The next weekend, Snopes and his two sons head once again to a court appearance at the country store, where the well-dressed de Spain is in attendance. Faulkner presents Abner as a father that has a great deal of control over his entire family which includes a wife and three additional children. We know Sarty planned to lie in court even though he didn't want to. All he can see are shelves of canned food, but he can hear the proceedings. .
Yet, this discomfort is never spoken by the narrator. Snopes never burns farm houses, and while we might initially conclude that this restraint is proof that Snopes isn't wholly incorrigible, we soon learn that on farms, barns are more important than houses because they hold livestock and oftentimes harvested crops, which provide the money and food that farmers and their families need to survive. Sartoris decision to betray his father and tell the truth is painful but necessary. This conflict is vividly illustrated by having a young 10-year-old boy — Sarty — confront this dilemma as part of his initiation into manhood. For Sarty that moment on the hill is probably the first he's had peace and quite and calm in a very long time.
He mourns the loss of his father who he seems to assume is dead , but is no longer afraid. The cans are also sealed. Die Geschichte macht Lust auf eines seiner umfangreicheren Bücher. His life is scary, mostly because his father is a domineering man who burns down wealthy landowners' barns in his spare time. That night, the family camps.
He thinks his father can't possibly hurt people who live in a house like that. But the young lad believes that this would stop his father from his continued miscreant behavior. Throughout the story, Sarty must deal with the question of his father's bravery - or lack thereof. Abner Snopes Abner, head of the Snopes household, controls the family with physical violence and brainwashing them into supporting his destructive acts. He made the right choice.
Abner leaves the rug on the front porch but that afternoon Major DeSpain comes back to the house and is visibly angry. My kids are still a bit younger but I hope they will discover the beauty of Faulkner's language one day. Sarty, in turn, feels out of place, too old for innocence and too young for responsibility or control over his social familial situation. He warns a man named Major de Spain about his barn burning. The family camps that night and makes a small, neat fire, something the father excels at. In The Mansion, Flem is killed by a relative, Mink. The characters that Faulkner created, what can one say.
Even the son of Abner Snopes wants to find something in his father to admire. Abner's temper and use of fire as a weapon has gotten him into a great deal of trouble in the past. The contrast between that house and the one Sarty's family lives in so great it takes on almost divine proportion in Sarty's eyes. The beauty of Faulkner's writings are that the characters and ideas are haunting, memorable and alive and his language is both beautiful and haunting. And so of course the real meaning or statement or ambiance or ascertainable quality of the work gets passed over completely. This story was extremely haunting just like A Rose for Emily but in a totally different way. Abner can not control his emotional responses to the actions of his enemy, the white men.