After Abner has tasked Sarty to fetch kerosine for the barn burning, Sarty thinks to himself, “I could run on and on and never look back, never need to see his [Abner’s] face again” (Faulkner 198). In this quote, Sarty contemplates running away because he hates abiding by his dad’s rules, which, again, shows the strained relationship between Abner and Sarty. By running away, Sarty would go directly against Abner’s lesson of being loyal to blood. Virginia C. Fowler’s “Faulkner’s ‘Barn Burning’: Sarty’s Conflict Reconsidered,” Fowler asserts, “By insisting that Sarty be loyal to ‘blood,’ Abner makes the boy aware, first, of loyalty as a conscious mode of behavior, and second, of the fact that there are perhaps other modes of behavior one could follow.” Fowler observes that Sarty consciously recognizes his ability to deviate from his father’s moral code which then frees
Literary Analysis of “Barn Burning” Many times the decisions we need to make in life can be difficult to make. This is evident in William Faulkner's “Barn Burning”. The main character can either let his father burn down a barn or betray him and alert the authorities of his criminal actions. There are many possible reasons as to why he made this choice. He could have been afraid of his father, or he could have wanted to stop his father’s wrongdoings.
Although these are good reasons, the majority believe that the narrator is responsible for Doodle’s death. The narrator is responsible for the death of his younger brother, Doodle. The narrator did not accept Doodle as his younger brother since the day he was born. The narrator pushed Doodle past his mental and physical limit. The narrator was being selfish in his efforts to make Doodle more like a normal boy.
The Justice and Mr. Harris had realized it was an unfair position to put him in so he didn't have to lie after all. After the jury had ended, his father hit him because he didn't think he was going to lie to protect him. “His father struck him with the flat go his hand on the side of the head, hard but without heat…” shows how he was disciplined when he had done nothing wrong. Soon enough, his father tried to burn another barn down after trying to sue the owner in court. In the end of both of the stories, the children’s attitude caused them to lose their parents one way or another.
(1) Although Adoniram seems to freak out at the end of the story, young Sammy clearly is the character that undergoes the greatest change. (2) Near the beginning of the story, Sammy clearly demonstrates his father’s traits of keeping to himself and of disregarding the women in the family. (3) After Adoniram’s plan to build a new barn is discovered by Sarah and Nanny, they discuss the situation. (4) Sammy is present at this point in time, but “he did not seem to pay any attention to the conversation” (Freeman). (5) While Adoniram’s plan to build a new barn is not discovered by Sarah and Nanny until men start digging a cellar for it, Sammy finally reveals that he did know about the plan for about three months.
Samuel’s strange behavior at the Box Canyon Boys Camp at Flagstaff, Arizona and in his everyday life is due to the paternal presence of Sid Shecker. Samuel acts out by imitating his comedic father and does this under duress. Samuel mimiks his father because he wants to feel loved and appreciated, but his father falls short by gambling and setting negative influences for Samuel. Although Samuel appreciates and seems to care for his father, his father neglects Sam and abandons him to pursue his career. The behavior that Sam shows is directly related to Samuel not being cared for or nurtured by a paternal influence.
One of the main themes that appear throughout the story is courage. Barn Burning is a story about Sarty Snopes. Sartys father likes to burn down other barns on his spare time. Sarty gets no respect and is overworked but underfed. However, he has a great sense of justice, and is moral.
The perception of Abner’s perfidious nature is undeniably evident within the early paragraphs of the story. Although unknown to Sarty, the treacherous act leading to the limp of his father’s leg is revealed by the narrator. As the first case is being dismissed, Faulkner unveils the context of this deceit by stating, “the wiry figure walking a little stiffly from where a Confederate provost’s man’s musket ball had taken him in the heel on a stolen horse thirty years ago” (258). In addition to revelations of the past, the nomadic- like movements of the family further enhances the scrutiny of the disloyal man who leads them. Within this aspect is shown the dismal repetition of rejection and being an outcast.
Biff is caught between two completely different dreams. His heart wants to live a simple life on a farm but his mind wants him to be like his father and work in the city. His inner conflict between his mind and his heart is constantly getting in the way of what he really wants. By the end of the play, Biff realizes that his father was pursuing the wrong dream and that Willy “never knew who he really was” and that is what killed him in the first place. Throughout the play, Biff tells his father in a true honest moment that, “Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be?” but after the death of his father, he tells the rest of his family that “I know who I am, kid” (138).
He notices that Telemachos is not home so he is told to come home by Athene. When he gets home he does not realize the old begger is in fact his father Odysseus. Except when Athene takes off the spell and Odysseus is revealed. Telemachos is told not to tell anyone, which he does not. This is because Odysseus does not want anyone to spread rumors