Interpret the ending of "Barn Burning."

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I interpret the end of this story as positive. Sarty, the confused but honest son of the serial arsonist, Abner Snopes, has gone to alert Mr. de Spain, his father's new employer, that Abner plans to burn down his barn. This is something that his father has apparently done several times before. Abner is a cold and distant man who seems to exhibit hardly any feeling, even for his wife and children, and he struck Sarty after the last time Abner burned a barn down and Sarty seemed reluctant to...

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