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Does Col. Sartoris Snopes show up in any of Faulkners work beside Barn Burning?

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cpeacock1017 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 12, 2009 at 11:26 AM via web

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Does Col. Sartoris Snopes show up in any of Faulkners work beside Barn Burning?

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epollock | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted July 12, 2009 at 1:50 PM (Answer #1)

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William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily” introduces the legend of Colonel Sartoris, war hero, mayor, and first citizen, whose fame and influence linger, though he does not appear as a character.

Later, in “Barn Burning,” you can appreciate the boy hero’s given name. Addressing the boy (in 10), the Justice foreshadows the story’s conclusion: “I reckon anybody named for Colonel Sartoris in this country can’t help but tell the truth, can he?”

William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is set against his vision of the ideals of the Confederacy, embodied in Major de Spain and Colonel Sartoris in much of Faulkner’s writing. Faulkner sets his vision of a more widely held ideal—cunning and self-centeredness—embodied in the Snopes family.

Flem Snopes, the older brother in “Barn Burning,” is a major character in "The Town", "The Mansion", and "The Hamlet"; Abner Snopes, the father in “Barn Burning,” is a lesser character in "The Unvanquished" and in "The Hamlet".

But the boy, Colonel Sartoris Snopes, does not appear in the novels.


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rlmorai | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 19, 2010 at 11:40 PM (Answer #2)

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Faulkner’s novels and stories take place in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Because of the similar setting of Faulkner’s works, many of the same characters show in up in Faulkner’s other literature (including the Snopes family). Col. Sartoris Snopes does appear in “A Rose for Emily” as the mayor of Jefferson within this fictional Yoknapatawpha County.

The minor appearance of Col. Sarty Snopes and the Snopes family in As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner is often neglected. In this story, the Snopes are horse thieves that Jewel Bundren runs across in his journey with his family to Jefferson to bury his mother's decaying corpse. The inclusion of the Snopes family and their interaction with the Bundren family perpetuates the degradation of society that Faulkner critiques in many of his novels.

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