Product Of Your Raisin In William Faulkner's Barn Burning

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Product of Your Raisin’
In the short story “Barn Burning” the main character is in a constant struggle between family loyalty and what he is beginning to know is morally right and wrong. Even though the story takes place after the Civil War, the conflict that the young Sarty faces is still relevant today: answering the question of if a person can be more than who they were raised to be. William Faulkner writes about the struggles a young boy faces when battling the inherited characteristics of his “blood”, the influences of his upbringing, and the realization that the strongest role model in his life, namely his father, is not a good one.
In the beginning of the story, Sarty is immediately faced with choosing to tell the truth or a lie. It is apparent that the young boy is already questioning his father’s evil thoughts and actions, but is still deeply loyal to him. Faulkner goes into great detail of the smells of different foods that would be enticing to a starving young boy inside the store/courtroom where the father is being tried, but instead Sarty’s senses are focused on “despair and grief, the old fierce pull of blood.” Sarty’s internal thoughts refuse to see the Justice presiding of the court as a well-meaning, kind person but rather he sees him as his father’s enemy and thus his own enemy. Struggling with the desire to stay devoted to his father, Sarty knows that his father wants him to lie and say that he did not start the fire that burned down the barn. Even
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