Gothic and modern themes prevail in “Barn Burning.” Faulkner was born and raised in the South, and those origins play a large role in the content of “Barn Burning,” as the moral of the story revolves around change in the South. The early 1900’s was an era of innovation and newfound ideals, and life was changing drastically as a result. In Short Stories for Students Tim Akers and Jerry Moore state, “the new age seemed to represent a breakdown of the human spirit itself, seduced by the gewgaws of technology and the ease of undisciplined living” (Faulkner 11). In Abner, Faulkner displays grotesque characteristics such as an unhealthy desire to burn and a physical handicap from the war. This characteristic is much like Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Flannery O’Connor’s “The Life You Save May Be Your Own.” All of these short stories examine characters with handicaps and disturbing desires.
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.
“Barn Burning” William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” shows what happens when a boy is faced with making decisions about morals and loyalty to one's own family. Sarty is the son of a man who burns barns and has no regard for what society expects. The themes in “Barn Burning” show the conflict of the characters. For the boy, the themes that apply are “the human heart in conflict with itself” and ‘’the need to balance between demands of self and responsibility to one’s society.” Sarty is faced with a tough internal conflict. For him, a decision needs to be made, and there are really only two choices available for him.
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.
“Blood makes you related, loyalty makes you family”-Unknown. This quote relates directly to my story “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner. Barn Burning is a story of family, loyalty, and morality and answers the question “how far does loyalty to family go?”. This story follows a boy named Sarty that is at the age where he starting to figure out what kind of person he will be in life. Sarty is a fascinating and dynamic young boy that faces a major ethical dilemma.
This passage from William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is written to establish the beginnings of the breakdown of the Snopes family - and of Sarty himself - through the destructive storm that is Abner Snopes. The difference in character between Sarty and his father being described in the paragraph shows the beginnings of a rift between father and son. Where Sarty is very expressive as he is "leaping" and "scrabbling" in a "red haze", Abner emotes in a very contained fashion. Though Abner is "harsh" and "cold" as he "jerk[s]" his son, the words are of a very smothered sort of anger. This clear opposition in temperament between the two men direct the reader towards and impending future division.
Unable to use spoken words to express his feelings towards his son, Manner said, "We never communicated as well in speech or in writing, as in a strong hug, battling to make the other gasp for breath." (Manner 167). Like most boys, Manner admired his father, perhaps idolizing him. While attending his senior year in high school, Manner 's father was voted "best built body" (169). Furthermore, during his collage years, his father labored as a member of a road crew and worked on a Louisiana dredge.
Introduction William Faulkner is one of the eminent southern writer and the winner of the Nobel Prize in 1949. He is skillful in his “ stream of consciousness” and his Gothic style in his numerous short stories and novels. By applying Gothic techniques to his creation, he expresses his deep emotion toward his spiritual home, the American south, where he draws nutrition for almost all his writings. Grotesque and horrible in style, his Gothic fictions set up in Yoknapatawpha County impress reader with fearful picture and vivid southern life. “A Rose for Emily” is one of the most famous short stories by William Faulkner.
While Amy was grieving over her son’s death and struggles to collect herself, her husband composed himself easily. When he tried to console Amy, she became infuriated at him for being calm after their son had died, as if he did not care about his existence. The two entered a heated argument, with the husband persuading his wife to not leave the conversation and to confront her problem. When Amy explains why she was so angry with her husband, she exclaimed, “‘Three foggy mornings and one rainy day will rot the best birch fence a man can build.’ Think of it, talk like that at such a time! What had how long it takes a birch to rot To do with what was in the darkened parlor?