Sarty Snopes does not agree with his father 's lifestyle that he has chosen. Sarty never admits to himself that his father is a barn burner. Instead, he says that his father was brave. Sarty says that his dad is brave because he wants that to be true. Although he knows that his father is not really a brave man, he copes with his circumstance of having a ruthless father.
“Barn Burning” is a short story about how a young boy named Sarty turns his back on his family. His father, Abner Snopes, is a not a reputable man. He has burned at least one barn to the knowledge of the reader, perhaps more, and they have been moving all over the place in search of work on different farms along with the rest of their family. Throughout the story, Sarty is starting to realize that all of these shenanigans his father is involved in are wrong, but he is torn because he does not know what to do. Snopes knows that Sarty is starting to break away from his ideas, but it does not scare Sarty.
In William Faulkner's “Barn Burning” he tells of a young boy named Sarty who has a constant struggle between truth and loyalty. Sarty’s father, Abner, pushes him to lie for him in court about crimes Sarty knows are wrong. At the beginning of “Barn Burning” Sarty is a scared boy who has a timid relationship with his father. He obeys his father due to his father's intimidation and his constant lectures about loyalty. During the week Sarty and his family visit a mansion of sorts where he gets his first taste of a life that is full of something other than abuse and terror.
Dealing with internal conflict can be something that ever human being experiences at some time or another in their life time. This is exactly Colonel Sartoris Snopes “Sarty,” a ten-year-old child, encounters when he has to decide rather to remain loyal to his father or fight for what is morally right within himself and society. Being the major character in William Faulkner’s, “Barn Burning” this young boy is placed under the scrutiny of having to lie for his father in order to remain loyal and protect the freedom of his father or be honest and do what is right for the protection of others possession. In the story, there will be a dynamic change in Satoris character from following the demands of his father to understanding what is justly
Set around 1890s, the story is seen from a boy, Sarty’s point of view about his father’s doing. He and his father is a white family living in Southern America, in which there are class differences and racial distinctions. At that time, white people are usually a landrond and blacks are the slaves. And in this story, Sarty’s family who is categorized as white family is a poor family. They are classified neither as a landlord nor slave, so it is hard for them to adapt in that situation.
Nightjohn, a novel written by Gary Paulsen, takes location throughout one of the finest periods of prejudice and racism in American records. Nightjohn is the story of a young slave lady named Sarny. Within the book, Sarny meets any other slave named Nightjohn, he teaches Sarny a way to study and write. Ultimately, after Nightjohn is punished for coaching Sarny, he runs away, however, later he returns to complete coaching Sarny. Sarny failed to accept the fact that she was a slave or the unfairness in opposition to her prevent her from learning.
Abner, Sartoris’ father, is accurately portrayed as an unemotional, yet vindictive character. Abner’s character adds a theme of vengeance through the story. In the very begging of the story, he exacts his revenge upon Mr. Harris by burning down his barn. This occurred after forewarned Abner allowed his hog to get into Mr. Harris’ corn field for the third time “The hog got into my corn…a nigger came with a dollar and go the hog…’’ (Anyone 888).
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.
The book NightJohn is a novel written by Gary paulsen, a slave named NightJohn becomes friends with another slave named Sarny. John teaches her how to read and write and Sarny gives him tabacco. In slavery you're not supposed to learn how to read or write but that didn't matter to John. John and Sarny looked out for each other and tried to help other people because slavery is wrong and they knew that. Friends look out for you and teach you new things, be kind and treat everyone the way you want to be treated.
Family is a place to fall back to for comfort, a place to always fit in, and a place to build memories, but for slaves families were supposed to be those things and they were not. The hardship of watching family members being sold away takes away the happy memories. Children growing up in slavery takes away the comfort of home because they were going to face the harsh reality of slave hood. Slaves never got the solid structure of a family because they could be broken with a blink of an eye. Therefore, while given the opportunity to marry and form families as comfort for the slaves it provided insurance to slave masters, and they proved to be the biggest heartbreaks for slaves themselves.