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Understanding the Theme of Barn Burning
Daniel P Gagnon
Excelsior College

This is where we find out about Snopes youngest son. would” (Faulkner. Sarty’s father. any man there this morning. “(Faulkner. 1938)? This is the essence of the main theme of the story which why Faulkner adds this dialogue.barn burning 2 Understanding the Theme of Barn Burning In the story Barn Burning Sarty battles with the fact that his father is evil but wants loyalty of all hid family members. Sarty has to choose loyalty to family or loyalty to what is right and turn his father in to the authorities. The story starts with Snopes being accused of a “Barn Burning”. The story continues with the Snopes family finding their new home which Abner Snopes. 1938)! This statement shows Sarty’s desire to defend his father but his sense of what is right getting in the way. Another moment when Sarty’s loyalty is tested is during the second trial when Abner is asked about the rug by the judge but in his rush to defend his father and show his loyalty to his father he blurts out "He ain't done it! fie ain't burnt . Trouble finds Abner when he enters his employer’s home after stepping in horse manure and when told he needs to pay for the rug with some of his crop he takes him to court. When Abner loses his court case he resorts to his pyro ways and collects lamp oil which he uses to burn another barn down. This is where Snopes lets his son know that he needs to be loyal to his family by saying “You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain't going to have any blood to stick to you. Sarty feels he should be loyal to what he feel is right and believes his father should pay for what he has done in order for him to stop his evil ways. . Do you think either of them. obtained with a contract which Abner has to fulfil with harvesting the land. Colonel Sartoris Snopes. struggle to support his dad’s problem with being a pyromaniac and Sarty’s sense of right and wrong when he tells his father that he was going to tell the truth to the judge that his father set the barn on fire. In this story Sarty’s thoughts convey how he is torn between his loyalties to his father and doing what he thinks is the right thing to do. .

. and he knows he is going to burn Major de Spain’s barn down. Sarty’s sense of right finally wins out in the end as he escapes his mother’s clutches and he runs to warn Major de Spain but too late.barn burning 3 The climactic ending of this story is when Abner shows Sarty that he is incapable of changing who he is. You got to learn” (Faulkner. In order to keep Sarty from alerting Major de Spain shows that his father doesn’t trust him to be loyal to the family so he grabs him up and tells Sartys mother to hold him while he finishes burning the barn. This story shows the battle that goes on in Sarty’s mind and how right finally won out in the end and how some people would rather do what is right that be a follower. What his father didn’t know was that becoming a man meant following his heart. 1938). He followed his rather than his father and ended up on his own. Sarty’s father said it best when he told his son “You're getting to be a man. an evil man. The barn is already on fire and Sarty’s sense of right is leading him away from wrong.

com/barn_burning_text.barn burning 4 References Faulkner.). (1938). W.d. (n. Barn Burning by William Faulkner. Retrieved June 14.html . Barn burning: A story.williamfaulknerbooks. from http://www. 2015.