How close is the film version of "Barn Burning" to the original written piece?

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lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The movie adaptation of "Barn Burning" starring Tommy Lee Jones is an excellent portrayal of the characters, events and themes of Faulkner's short story.  The novel does an excellent job of showing the anger and frustration of the father along with the coldness of his heart and his treatment of his family in contrast to the fires he sets.  Sarty's shock and horror over his father's actions is heartbreaking, and his fear and yet sadness as he runs away at the end is very emotional.  The last image of the movie -- the wagon and his family -- driving away without him is different from the story, but still an excellent ending to the movie.

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