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What is one conflict in "Barn Burning"?

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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Why does Ab Snopes burn barns? Do you think his actions are justified? What is your reasoning?

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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In the story "Barn Burning," what is the point of view and how does it create tension?

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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Who are the dynamic and flat characters in Faulkner's "Barn Burning"?

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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What are the three primary literary elements of William Faulkner's "Barn Burning?"

The most noticeable literary element Faulkner uses in "Barn Burning" is sentence structure. Faulkner's sentences are very long and have many interruptions. They flow like stream of consciousness...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2009 8:15 am UTC

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Does Sarty escape in the end, and how does Snopes die? in "Barn Burning "by William Faulkner

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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In "Barn Burning," how does Sarty's character change and grow?

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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What is the main conflict in Barn Burning? 

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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What does Sarty think when he sees the house of Major de Spain? Why does the house make him feel safe?

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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Discuss Faulkner, Modernism, and Barn Burning.

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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Is there a setting described in William Faulkner's "Barn Burning"?

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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What is modernism, and how does Faulkner use its characteristics in "Barn Burning"?

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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How does Sarty feel toward his father in "Barn Burning"? What kind of emotions does he have toward him? Was his...

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 tone and style, how does "Barn Burning" compare to "A Rose for Emily"?

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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In William Faulkner's "Barn Burning," the boy Snopes does not actually witness what happens to his father and...

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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What would be the climax in the story in "Barn Burning"?

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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What are the tone and style of story "Barn Burning"?

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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What does Sarty think when he sees the house of Major De Spain in "Barn Burning"? "Barn Burning" by William Faulkner...

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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What are the central ideas, ironies, and the mood of "Barn Burning"?

The themes of "Barn Burning" are related to cultural and socio-economic class distinctions, namely family clannishness. The Southern agrarian tradition holds that family justice supersedes...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010 12:00 pm UTC

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The choice of metaphor that the writer uses is confusing me! Hey everyone, i'm working on the "Barn Burning" today...

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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In "Barn Burning," what might happen to Abner at the end of the story?

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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At the end of "Barn Burning," what does it mean when the boy walks and does not look back?

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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Faulkner uses italic in "Barn Burning" as visual clues for the reader. What does this form of punctuation signal?    

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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Examine the boy’s “interior monologues,” the italicized parts of the story in "Barn Burning." What do these parts...

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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How would you account for the actions of the father, who burned the first barn, went through the rug incident, and is...

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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In "Barn Burning," why does Sarty finally defy his father and try to warn the De Spains?

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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What might Faulkner's opinion be of his character Abner Snopes in the story "Barn Burning"?  How does he convey his...

It is difficult to say what exactly a writer might think of a character that they themselves create. Many times we find a character that we cannot help but absolutely despise, but can such an...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019 11:47 am UTC

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What is the tone of William Faulkner's short story Barn Burning?

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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In Faulkner's "Barn Burning," how do Sarty's actions reveal a characteristic of human nature? (Please refer to the...

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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How does Abner Snopes in William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" view the world around him and his place in it? What...

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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What is Faulkner saying about the division between rich and poor in "Barn Burning"?

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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What happens to the rug in "Barn Burning"? How does Major de Spain react to the damaged rug? "Barn...

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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In "Barn Burning," how does the stream of consciousness point of view work in the story?

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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Discuss the point of view of the narrator in "Barn Burning".

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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How do we know that Abner Snopes doesn't die at the end of "Barn Burning"?

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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Examine the references to the boy's sisters in the story. How and why does Faulkner describe the sisters the way he...

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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In William Faulkner's "Barn Burning," does Abner give any indication that if he did not die in the end of the story,...

In William Faulkner's "Barn Burning," Abner is a stubborn and pernicious tyrant. The story begins as Abner faces charges of having burned down a barn, and while it seems obvious that he is guilty,...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2013 8:31 pm UTC

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In "Barn Burning," what is the importance of this quote? Later, twenty years later he was to tell himself, "If I had...

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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What is the central thematic conflict in Faulkner's "Barn Burning," and why does this conflict represent a true...

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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What is Faulkner trying to tell us in his story "Barn Burning"?

"Barn Burning," as many of Faulkner's other works, is set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi in the decades after the Civil War. An overarching theme is the class and racial...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2018 12:55 pm UTC

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Describe the characters of Sarty’s mother and sisters. What do you learn about them? To what extent do any of them...

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

This question has already been asked and answered here on eNotes. Here is a link for you: http://www.enotes.com/barn-burning/q-and-a/please-comment-film-version-barn-burning-starring-211519

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 7:11 am UTC

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In "Barn Burning", why does Sarty go from calling his father "Pap" to calling him...

A simple interpretation of Sarty's change from calling his father "Pap" to calling him "Father" might be that it signifies the young boy's coming of age. "Pap" is a...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2008 12:48 pm UTC

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Could you analyze Abner Snopes (character) in an understanding way up to his background, his attitudes, and his words?

Abner Snopes is an insecure man at war with society, especially those he sees superior to him in some way. His vicious behavior suggests he lacks any self-confidence, so he rejects and brutalizes...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2007 1:36 pm UTC

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What does the text “Barn Burning” suggest about the interplay between fear and foresight when individuals make...

"Fear" and "foresight" are linked concepts in the story. The idea of "foresight" suggests that Sarty is smart enough to know what to expect from his father. This foresight is informed by a kind of...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 1:52 pm UTC

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What was important about the marring of de Spain's rug?

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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In “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner, Sarty Snopes, at the beginning of the story, accepts his father’s (Abner’s)...

In William Faulkner's story “Barn Burning,” ten-year-old Sarty Snopes knows, deep down, that his father has a history of burning down other people's barns when he has had a conflict with them. Yet...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020 7:39 pm UTC

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How is the language in "Barn Burning" related to the point of view?

In "Barn Burning" Faulkner uses third-person limited omniscient point of view that focuses on Sarty's dilemma. In this way, the reader is placed in Sarty's position, torn between family and social...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010 9:04 pm UTC

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What is the agreement between Abner Snopes and Major de Spain?

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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What elements literary Realism exist in Faulkner's "The Barn Burning"?  

While William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" exemplifies more his modernist style with interior monologue and prevailing motif of violence, the narrative is yet much more objective and straightforward...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2012 12:11 am UTC

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