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William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" has a third person narrative point of view. This means that an outside observer is narrating events to a reader instead of one of the story's characters being the...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2019, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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Ab Snopes burn barns primarily as a means of getting back at those who've slighted him. As a man with virtually nothing—due largely to his own laziness and drunkenness—his campaign of serial arson...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020, 10:04 am (UTC)

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Faulkner uses techniques of Expressionism, which is characteristically Modernist. Expressionism was an art movement wherein images were distorted and exaggerated to communicate emotion. Throughout...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2019, 10:07 pm (UTC)

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Dynamic characters are characters who change during the story; characters who don't change are static. Flat characters are characters that are one-dimensional; that is, they aren't fully developed....

Latest answer posted March 2, 2017, 4:29 am (UTC)

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The most notable conflict in Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is internal: Sarty knows that Ab, his father, burns barns when he is angry or dissatisfied with their owners, but the young boy...

Latest answer posted January 19, 2009, 9:01 am (UTC)

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In general, italics are used to emphasize something, or they are used to indicate the title of a formal work. In "Barn Burning," William Faulkner uses italics for a different, but not uncommon,...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019, 5:40 pm (UTC)

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Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is a character-driven story, as what moves it forward is Sarty's internal growth as a character. We see him begin as a young child with strong trust in his beloved father...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2017, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is set in the late 19th century when sharecropping was widely used in rural agricultural areas. Sharecropping was a system in which a wealthy landowner would allow poor...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2018, 9:21 pm (UTC)

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The main conflict in William Faulkner's story "Barn Burning" is between Abner Snopes and his son, Colonel Sartoris. As Faulkner's story begins, the reader is immediately led to believe that the...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2017, 7:34 pm (UTC)

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In “Barn Burning,” Abner Snopes, the father of Colonel Sartoris Snopes, commits vandalistic actions—burning barns and ruining an expensive rug—that result from his deep-seated anger and feeling of...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2020, 5:52 pm (UTC)

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One of the central traits of modernism is alienation—alienation from the past or alienation from other people. Modernist texts try to reinvent narrative to some degree out of a realization that...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019, 12:14 pm (UTC)

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He got up. He was a little stiff, but walking would cure that too as it would the cold, and soon there would be the sun. He went on down the hill, toward the dark woods within which the liquid...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019, 12:55 pm (UTC)

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As Sarty and his family are forced to move on yet again thanks to his father's aggression and his acts of arson, he at first rather naively perhaps believes that this time his father might change...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2011, 12:41 am (UTC)

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When Sarty first sees the house, he thinks to himself that it's as "big as a courthouse," and he considers it "with a surge of peace and joy." Although he could not verbalize his feelings at the...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2020, 12:37 pm (UTC)

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In William Faulkner's "Barn Burning," Sarty's actions in the last portion of the story reflect a characteristic of human nature. All the while Sarty has lived with his family, miserably poor and...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2012, 6:31 am (UTC)

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Sarty's mother is submissive to Sarty's father. She suffers emotionally, because Abner is a cruel man who hurts his family and others because of his pride and his savage temper. Sarty's mother's...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020, 4:09 am (UTC)

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Written in 1939, William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is set in a time period that is at least twenty years after the Civil War A Rhe story opens with a trial held in a make-shift courtroom in a...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2009, 3:02 am (UTC)

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A simile is a comparison of two unalike things where one is said to be like or as the other. For example, when Sarty and his father leave the makeshift courtroom, a local boy lashes out and punches...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2020, 12:47 am (UTC)

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The easiest explanation for your question is that Ab Snopes appears in Faulkner's fiction after this run-in with Major de Spain occurs. The Snopes family appears in numerous Faulkner's novels; Ab...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2009, 1:25 pm (UTC)

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The importance of this quote lies in the way that it uncovers the peculiar dynamic of the relationship between Sarty and his father, Abner Snopes. As we read the story, we become increasingly aware...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2011, 9:31 pm (UTC)

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"Barn Burning" is a story about doing right and wrong. It is also a story about the strength of family bonds and blood relations. This idea of sticking with your family and doing what your family...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2020, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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In Faulkner's "Barn Burning," Abner Snopes insists that Sarty be held because he knows that Sarty will try to stop him from burning the barn. Sarty simply wiggles and fights with his mother until...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2010, 1:14 am (UTC)

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Dramatic irony is evident in William Faulkner’s story because young Colonel Sartoris (Sarty) Snopes does not anticipate going against his father, but the reader suspects that he will do so. In the...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020, 6:45 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019, 12:45 am (UTC)

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Sarty is amazed by the sight of the De Spain house. Although he has moved twelve times in his young life with his family, until this time "they had sojourned...in a poor country, a land of small...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2009, 2:44 pm (UTC)

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Sarty's reaction contributes to the work as a whole in several ways. It provides unity when Sarty compares the house to a courthouse, referring backward and pointing forward to the courthouse...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010, 11:43 pm (UTC)

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In William Faulkner's short story, "Barn Burning," the author uses a writing technique that he often favored called "perspectivism," which is defined as: ...the doctrine that reality is known only...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011, 3:47 pm (UTC)

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The fate awaiting Abner Snopes at the end of "Barn Burning" is uncertain, but it is definitely not very optimistic. His son is of course successful in alterting Major de Spain before Abner manages...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013, 5:32 am (UTC)

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The short stories “Barn Burning” and “A Rose for Emily” are both set after the Civil War, featuring white protagonists who live as outsiders to their surrounding community. The style and tone of...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020, 12:35 am (UTC)

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Stream-of-consciousness is a narrative perspective created and used by Modernist authors such as Joyce, Woolf and Mansfield. It involves trying to depict accurately the way that the mind jumps...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2012, 6:30 am (UTC)

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Sarty's italicized inner monologue is his way of navigating his situation with the court, his father, his family, and the people with whom the Snopes family interacts. Sarty understands that the...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2017, 9:08 pm (UTC)

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Ab Snopes deliberately soils the rug. Before he enters the de Spain house, he steps in horse manure, which he refuses to clean from his boot. Once inside the house, he grinds his boot into the...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2008, 2:59 am (UTC)

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Sarty is in a tough position: his family bond is quite strong. Even if Sarty knows his father is acting in a way that is morally reprehensible, Sarty still knows that he should love his father. The...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019, 9:19 pm (UTC)

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In William Faulkner's "Barn Burning," the resolution is open-ended: we don't know for sure. But, I've always assumed that Abner died from being shot: ...he heard the shot and, an instant later,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2010, 12:44 am (UTC)

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What's with his father and all that tin? Twice in the story he talks about tin and the dark, malevolent man that is his father: 1)...he could see his father against the stars but without face or...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009, 2:50 pm (UTC)

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There are three possible agreements this question might refer to. Abner Snopes comes to live and work on Major de Spain's property as a sharecropper. In exchange for the use of the house and the...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2017, 3:05 pm (UTC)

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William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is filled with images of objects being destroyed, usually at the hands of Abner Snopes. He is an angry man and an arsonist, who takes out his frustration on those...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2016, 9:10 pm (UTC)

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As your question implies, because Faulkner uses ambiguity very skillfully to cloud the reader's view of Snopes's actions at Major de Spain's barn and, perhaps more importantly, what the shots...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018, 7:51 pm (UTC)

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Modernism rejects the idea that literature can convey objective truth. Instead, it focuses on the subjective and fragmented experiences of particular characters. Thus, "Barn Barning" is modernist...

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The first reference to Sarty's sisters occurs when Sarty and his father leave the store where the justice of peace has admitted that he can't rule against Abner but orders him to leave the area....

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018, 12:27 pm (UTC)

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William Faulkner's rite of passage story as Sarty Snopes moves from his boyhood into manhood in the American South can be considered a work of the Southern Gothic. It is a style of literature that...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2019, 9:08 pm (UTC)

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Despite being a fairly accessible short story, the narrative is actually quite complex. The narrative is told from the third-person perspective. That means the narrator is someone looking at the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2018, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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Abner Snopes is surely a fascinating character from this perspective. We are constantly forced to question why he is like he is and why he has set himself on such a cycle of meaningless violence...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2011, 9:38 pm (UTC)

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William Faulkner's short story Barn Burning is fairly representative of this esteemed author and product of the American South. Uncompromising in its depiction of the ugliness endemic to the...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2017, 4:33 am (UTC)

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There are several reasons that “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner is an important story. First of all, the story is quintessential Faulkner. This means it is a perfect example of Faulkner’s art....

Latest answer posted October 12, 2011, 12:00 pm (UTC)

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The climax of the story is when Sarty tries to warn someone that his father is going to burn down the barn, but stops. Climax is a story’s turning point. It is the point where the initial problem...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013, 5:33 pm (UTC)

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The father, Abner, is wearing his black coat for moving. He is leaving because the community accused him. Abner is being accused of barn burning, which is a serious offense. His younger son,...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2013, 3:36 pm (UTC)

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The "central thematic conflict" of "Barn Burning," by William Faulkner is between Abner Snopes and his family, especially "Sarty." The modernist movement reflected the work of... ...artists of the...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011, 3:06 pm (UTC)

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“Great Falls” by Richard Ford and “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner both feature father-son relationships that are troubled in some way. Let’s look at this in more detail to get you started on...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2022, 3:55 pm (UTC)

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Abner Snopes of William Faulkner’s short story ‘Barn Burning’ is a despicable character who views the world through a lens of violence and cruelty, and he lives solely to mete out vengeance on any...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2016, 4:57 am (UTC)

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