Abner Snopes In Barn Burning

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William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” [follows] his belief about a “writer’s duty” by creating pity for Abner Snopes, a man who feels he has been mistreated in Faulkner’s microcosmic fictional countywide. In Faulkner’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he implores writers to discuss “truths of the heart,” such as pity, in their writing. Abner Snopes is initially introduced as violent and careless; however, as the short story proceeds, Faulkner creates compassion for Abner, showing that he is more than just a reckless [violent person]. Faulkner delves deeper into Abner’s character as he reveals that he [comes from a poor socioeconomic status, works for petty wages, and is verbally abused by his employers] (add quote here about his life or something).…show more content…
Scott Fitzgerald follows Faulkner’s definition of a writer’s purpose in “Babylon Revisited” as he displays human compassion and sacrifice in Charlie’s letting go of Honoria. Throughout the short story, Charlie tries to redeem himself to prove himself worthy of taking Honoria with him. In an emotional quarrel, the reader learns that Charlie had struggled with alcoholism for two years and that his sister-in-law blames him for the death of her sister, Abner’s wife, (quote). Fitzgerald gives more insight into Charlie’s life, allowing the reader to understand why Charlie’s daughter does not currently live with him. On top of his past, the reader also knows that he has a exactly one drink everyday in the afternoon which may create more doubt as to whether he has actually recovered. However, given that he later tries to go shopping and reconcile with her, the reader feels his inner struggle to want to have his daughter back in his life despite him subtly feeling that can not adequately provide for his daughter. Ultimately Charlie decides he is not ready to accept responsibility for a child and thinks Honoria would [be better off] living with her aunt and uncle, sacrificing his happiness. Fitzgerald writes about a father’s sacrifice to support a better life for his daughter, meeting Faulkner’s expectations of a “writer’s
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