What is the central thematic conflict of “Barn Burning" in relation to Sarty?
The central thematic conflict on William Faulkner's Barn Burning is family loyalty versus social appropriateness, and the pressures of blood ties versus the chastising of behaviors within one's own family.
In this way the central thematic conflict is a modern dilemma for Sarty. In the story, Sarty has to choose between remaining loyal and keeping the secret of his father, which is to burn other people's barns as an act of sadistic enjoyment. The father...
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