Once we reach the end of the story, Sarty has finally realized that his father is a “ruthless” and “bloodless” man. (Byrne) Abner is on his way to burn down de Spain’s barn and Sarty knows he has to warn him. His family decides to hold on to him to not let him go but Sarty breaks free and runs down the road to tell de Spain what his father intends on doing. This is the moment when Sarty changed dramatically in the story. He broke the loyalty with his father and solved his self-conflict.
Although, he is pulled away from causing any more trouble than his father already created. Sartoris is hit by his father multiple times throughout the story and observes his mother being thrown into the wall for stopping Abner from committing another crime. Seeing and receiving abuse has led Sartoris to grow as a character and become a brave young boy. Hermann Hesse, who is a German poet, said, “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” Hesse’s quote relates the William Faulkner’s story, Barn Burning because Sartoris holds unto his family even though there is verbal and physical abuse from Abner. However, at the end of the story, Sartoris allows his father’s wrath to be motivation and strength to run away from the only home, his family, that has ever stayed with him.
Odysseus must overthrow 108 suitors in order to reclaim his home, but he must not reveal his identity or else the suitors will kill his son and himself. So, Odysseus creates another plan. He will enter his home dressed as a beggar so neither the suitors nor his wife will recognize him. Telemachus is told to go home, but not to tell anyone that Odysseus has returned. Telemachus was told to put all the suitors’ weapons in a
Such actions imply the voracity of this selfishness that is passed down to the subsequent generation. As they [The latter generation] learn the skillsets of their father, it becomes evident the “wolf-like indenpendece” (259) is instilled through a passage equivalent to “The nights were still cool and they had a fire against it, of a rail lifted from a nearby fence” (260). This reinforces the tribal mentality shown in a conversation with Sarty where he [Abner] advises “You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you ain’t going to have any blood stick to you” (260). Across the spectrum of this manuscript Faulkner maintains Abner as a flat character while introducing the traits of a previous time and proliferate the quirks learned from the
The fire is a component for the emotion he has because the fire he has for the hatred of the owner is shown through the torched barn. As well as the fire for hatred, there is a fire for the love of his family. Abner builds a fire for his family after they are found innocent of the barn burning, but are told that they should evacuate the county. That night that the group leaves they stop and Abner starts a small, weak fire. Satoris has an internal paroxysm that really burst out toward his dad's love, he begins to fantasize about going away.
When Holden is faced with a problem, instead of facing it and slowly working his way through it, he tries to get rid of it entirely. He does not want to be thrown into the real world and will do anything to not be put in those “adult like situations”. I believe that Holden’s issues arose about the time when his younger brother Allie passed away due to leukemia when he was only eleven. Holden has the choice to either act like an adult or play like a child when he comes across a problem. But not surprisingly, he can’t choose which path to follow, so he stays stuck in the middle.
Loyalty represents Sarty and Betrayal represents Abner ’’In William Faulkner Barn Burning Abner says ‘’You’re getting a man. You’ve got to learn.You got to learn to stick to your old blood or you ain’t going to have any blood to stick to you.’’ Abner try’s to threatening Sarty and also suggesting that he does not betrayal him, but everyone as readers knows he does Betrayal him.Also ’’In William Faulkner Barn Burning he says’’ he could not see the table where the justice sat and before which his father and his father’s enemy stood.’’This shows loyalty and betrayal by the two people standing side by side together and what each one’s meaning means Faulkner shows a glimpse of this loyalty when in the beginning of the story “Barn Burning” the son, Sarty will not speak out against his father, Abner. At the same time in this story, due to his father's harshness and absoluteness in his power over his family, the son realizes that there are alternatives to this harsh absolute behavior of his
Gothic and modern themes prevail in “Barn Burning.” In Abner Faulkner displays grotesque characteristics such as an unhealthy desire to burn and a physical handicap from the war. Abner also personifies loss of traditional values in the South during the early 1900s, which ties to modernism. Faulkner used his writing to comment on the new era, and it is obvious that he was not fond of it. Additionally, Faulkner’s sentences stretch for paragraphs at a time, jumping from one topic to another. These sentences often illustrate a character’s every thought.
In two southern short stories “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner, and “Sweat” by Zora Neale Hurston, the main characters resolve conflicts in an ironic manner. In “ Father’s and Son’s: The Spiritual Quest in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”, Oliver Billingslea briefly discusses the irony within Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”. Irony in a persistent theme within southern gothic literature. In Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” Sarty choses to solve his problems through defiance, his rebellion can be seen as a replication of his father’s, the very thing he is resentful of. Irony is persistent throughout the story.
Coping with loss is a difficult situation, especially for a teenager in the midst of transitioning between adolescence and adulthood. A person’s teen years are strenuous enough under normal circumstances, but the death of a family member greatly increases their strife. In The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Holden Caulfield struggles with growing up and yearns for freedom from his painful past, since he never receives closure from an event that shakes his childhood- the death of his younger brother. Holden does not have anyone that helps him through this trauma, and he forces himself to deal with death, while growing up.