How does "Barn Burning" reflect social conditions of a specific time and place or of universal social conditions?

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Faulkner sets his fiction in the South after the Civil War.  His Southern Gothic world features a crashed Southern economy.  Abner is a tenant farmer--he is at the bottom of the lowest economic class, at least for whites. 

In his situation, there is little Abner could ever do to raise himself up the economic ladder.  Money and jobs are scarce.

Abner, of course,...

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