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Which of the following could be a good topic to write a 750-word essay?TOPICS: 1. Abner...

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twilightfan89 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 7, 2008 at 6:31 AM via web

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Which of the following could be a good topic to write a 750-word essay?

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1. Abner Snopes, even though he is physicalle abusive, loves his son Sarty in William Faulkner's "Barn Burning"

2. William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is and initiation story. (Discuss specific scenes that demostrate Sarty's increasing maturity)

3. Certain objects function symbolically in William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" (Discuss at least 3)

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted October 7, 2008 at 9:48 PM (Answer #2)

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If I had to do a 750 word essay I would choose topic three.  Certain objects in Barn Burning function symbolically.  One object is blood.  The blood symbolizes the untiy of the family and the addage that I might think my family is wrong, but I will support them inspite of their wrongness.  Loyalty and family ties is symbolic in the blood. 

Another symbol is the Mansion.  The mansion that Abner takes his family to simply overwhelms the boy.  In his mind he somehow connects this to justice.  He indicates in the story that the mansion reminds him of the court house.  Abner symboliclly shows his disreguard for justice and honor when he wipes manure on the rug and on the steps of the mansion. 

A third symbol in this story is the Black Men mentioned.  Abner is low-life.  He is poor and not respected so the way he treats the Black characters indicates that he is higher than they are.  He places himself above them and sees an injustice when the owner of the plantation brings the soiled rug for him to clean, instead of the Negro servents.

 

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epollock | Valedictorian

Posted May 27, 2009 at 10:52 PM (Answer #3)

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If I had to write an essay about Faulkner's Barn Burning, I would choose Number 2. It is in some ways an initiation story but it is one of initiation into becoming an adult with honor and integrity.

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