In William Faulkner Barn Burning he uses theme, literary devices, and author style to show the readers a darker style of writing. In Faulkner 's ‘ ' Barn Burning ' ' he uses many types of themes, but the most used theme is anger and hatred, the reason this is the most used theme is because this is one of the better ways that Faulkner uses theme for this short story . The reader can see this theme vividly do with the use of the characters and his use of words. The reader can see the theme anger and hatred when Faulkner writes in ‘ ' Barn Burning ' ' ‘ ' That evening a n***** came with the dollar and got the hog. He was a strange n******.
“Barn Burning” is a very interesting short story that’s I have read many times throughout my high school and college time. This story was something that really interested me when I read it for the first time as I think it does most people. William Faulkner was as ruthless as a writer, as anyone tried to be. Most of where he grew up was Oxford, Mississippi. The man had grown up and never really had a care in the world and that’s why his writing is worth the read and time.
Flynn uses many little fragment stories to build up the whole story between himself and his father, and each of them serves as a puzzle piece to their relationship and their life, just as how Flynn himself get to know his father. Every section is a scene, or an image, which is what Didion emphasizes. Using as much sense as possible, Flynn gives special texture to the memoir, making every scene sensible and realistic to readers. When describing the homeless shelter, Flynn writes “inside the shelter the tension is inescapable – the walls exude cigarette smoke and anxiety. The air is thick, stale, dreamy, though barely masking the overpowering smell of stale sweat.” (30) When talking about the absence of fathers, Flynn builds many images of irresponsible fathers rather than talk about the idea: “Even if around, most disappear all day, to jobs their children only slightly understand.
Barn Burning is a modern story that shows a theme, plot, characters and uses narrative techniques. The title of the story, “Barn Burning,” is used to identify the main method carried out by the father in the story, Abner to get revenge on the people he grew angry with for their treatment of black people in the south. The story does not give a number of the barns Abner had burned, but Sarty said they had moved a lot of different times indicating the moves were due to Abner destroying the property of others. Abner seemed to have a sickness or craving for burning property; this seemed his way of regaining his dignity or self-respect after feeling he was wronged by the evil, hate, and racism of southern society. Abner kept burning fuel handy and had containers to refill when it was time to burn another barn and caused destruction, but when it was time to keep his family warm in the cold outdoors, he would only build small fires.
William Faulkner’s 1939 short story, “Barn Burning,” is a powerful narrative about a southern tenant farmer, Abner Snopes, and his family soon after the Civil War. The story opens in a town store, which also serves as the courthouse, with Mr. Snopes on trial for burning down another townsman's barn. The justice banishes the Snopes family from the town, sending them on their way to work for yet another plantation owner (Faulkner 480-481). Throughout Faulkner’s story, Abner Snopes represents the proletarian white class that lost all social standing in the South after the Civil War, including their superiority to African American Slaves. The frustration of Snopes drives him to commit deranged actions which in turn reinforce the bourgeois’ negative assumptions towards the lower white class.
The story takes place after the Civil War in America, and mainly focuses on the father’s bad history, and how his decisions affect the family. The father, Abner Snopes, was a dishonest soldier who did not obey the rules of war and was known for shooting randomly and stealing a horse. Abner is described as having “Wolflike independence and even courage” (Faulkner) meaning people saw him as having no fear, and being a loner mostly. Young Colonel Sartoris Snopes or “Sarty” is Abner’s son who opens the short story by defending his father in Court, in reference to a barn burning accident. Sarty knows that his father’s actions are wrong yet he still pursues to make his father proud and defend him.
Dunn Sidni Dunn Hensley English 11/ Fourth Period 27 February 2018 Part 12:Rough Draft In Barn Burning William Faulkner uses very many themes to show the emotions of these characters and how they felt. They all acted the same being all angry at each other.He really shows the readers how bad a family can really feel for these characters from what they showed they felt how they felt.Faulkner also uses perspective to help tell his stories. This comes being shown out through his main characters in helping to tell those stories. William Faulkner uses family and loyalty as the main theme of this novel. He also uses writing style as the author’s style always known for lengthy sentences anyway.He uses symbolism to characterize Sarty and to show
Fire is a constant threat in “Barn Burning,” and it represents both Snopes’s inherent powerlessness and his quest for power and self-expression. After the family has been run out of town, because Snopes burned a barn, and Snopes steals a split rail from a fence and makes a small fire by the roadside, barely functional and hardly suited to the large family’s needs on a cold evening. He’d committed his fiery crime in a desperate hold at power, but now he reveals how utterly powerless he is to adequately care for his family. When Snopes turns the fire on the others property, however, his power increases, although, criminally. Snopes has grown adept at committing crimes and escaping undetected, and his entire family is drawn into this pattern of lying and evasion.
In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” This quote holds true for the central theme of loyalty when a character is given the power of knowledge and morality within a family conflict. When one is put on stand for court and given the choice to tell the truth or stand with his family, it becomes an internal conflict with oneself along with the hardship of life in the past. In William Faulkner’s short story “Barn Burning,” he is able to illustrate how family struggle, morality, and social structure affected the lives of many families after the Civil War. The particular family within the story focuses on two of the characters: Abner and his son Colonel Sartoris, or Sarty for short. They are brought to court in response to Mr. Harris’ barn being set on fire.
Days after meeting her, a British ship lands on the island. Two of the sons in the family, and Jenny, decide to leave with the ship to Europe, and the story ends there. The main characters in The Swiss Family Robinson are the members of the Robinson Family. The family consists of William (the father), Elizabeth (the mother), Fritz (the oldest son), Ernest (the second oldest son), Jack (the third oldest son), and Franz (the youngest son). The only conflict present in this story is man vs. nature.