Abner is the crazy father who went to war and has some sort of disability. Sarty is Abner 's son who is by his side throughout the whole story. Faulkner portrays a theme that devotion is within family or within the law. Abner chooses devotion to the law when he starts to burn barns. When turning against family for the law, people really need to take a look back and see what caused this to happen.
The story starts with the description of a trial, where Abner Snopes was accused in burning of his neighbor’s barn. He was not charged because of the presence of only indirect evidences. But it was clear the man was guilty and burned neighbor’s property as an act of punishment – the victim criticized Snopes because of his pig and claimed
His inability to accept the fact that he is committing unnecessary acts of violence are proof that Abner views life from a different perspective. As the reader progresses through the story, it’s clear that Abner is carrying out actions only beneficial to himself. He speaks of loyalty numerous times to his son, however Abner only emphasizes this value when he needs Sarty to help him get out of a predicament. “Barn Burning” is a very interesting story containing numerous controversial events. As the story progresses, Abner shows his true colors of deception and violence.
“Barn Burning” William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” shows what happens when a boy is faced with making decisions about morals and loyalty to one's own family. Sarty is the son of a man who burns barns and has no regard for what society expects. The themes in “Barn Burning” show the conflict of the characters. For the boy, the themes that apply are “the human heart in conflict with itself” and ‘’the need to balance between demands of self and responsibility to one’s society.” Sarty is faced with a tough internal conflict. For him, a decision needs to be made, and there are really only two choices available for him.
For example, in the case of barn burning, his dad supposes that Sarty will give a statement, which helps him to be free from the charges, however, Sarty is no in such mood and has made up his mind to reveal the truth, irrespective of his risk of his own father’s imprisonment. But, luckily, magistrate doesn’t go deep in the case and avoids taking the evidences or statements from the Sarty. But, when father and son meet the next night, his father explains him why he should not reveal the truth in the court and he also describes him the importance of the family responsibility and faithfulness. However, I feel that young Sarty has developed his own system of justice by that time and, nevertheless, he disagrees with his father, respecting his family status, he avoids conflict or further discussion on that
By being poor tenant farmers Sarty and his family must contrast the difference between his family and all the privileged families they have worked for such as Major de Spain. The antagonist in the novel which is Sarty’s father, rebels against these wealthy families and burns down their barns as vengeance, by doing this Abner is pushing his family into impoverishment. https://www.census.gov/history/www/through_the_decades/fast_facts/1890_fast_facts.html Within the novel Faulkner provided his audience with a certain structure of writing he creates depth of characters by using lengthy descriptions of them. Furthermore, the descriptions of the writing would follow an object to validate the character. (Introduction of Sarty or Abner
His father who was burning barns down when felt wronged by the aristocrats that he worked for as a sharecropper. According to class discussion, Sarty knew when wrestling out of his mother arms to run tell Major de Spain that his barn was about to be burned down by his father: he knew then that he could not look back (Faulkner 271). Therefore, showing that doing the right thing is not always easy nor
But he has no choice but to let Justine take the fall for the death of his brother because he fears being seen as a madman. Later when Victor is told by his monster that he would leave to South America if Victor makes a second creation, he agrees until he selfishly destroys the second creation. “You have destroyed the work which you began...Do you dare to break your promise?” (181). Victor knew the consequences. He failed his parental duty to take care of his child and his needs and as a result he got Elizabeth killed.
The first example of this is when he takes the Tom Robinson versus Mayella Ewell case. He knows that it could potentially hurt him or his family members but he knows Tom deserves a fair chance. Another example is when Miss Maudie’s house is burning down he works with the other men of the town to get her furniture out before the fire consumes it. Another brave act was when he had to shoot the mad dog. He wasn’t sure what was wrong with it but it looked rabid and was going towards his children.