After Abner has tasked Sarty to fetch kerosine for the barn burning, Sarty thinks to himself, “I could run on and on and never look back, never need to see his [Abner’s] face again” (Faulkner 198). In this quote, Sarty contemplates running away because he hates abiding by his dad’s rules, which, again, shows the strained relationship between Abner and Sarty. By running away, Sarty would go directly against Abner’s lesson of being loyal to blood. Virginia C. Fowler’s “Faulkner’s ‘Barn Burning’: Sarty’s Conflict Reconsidered,” Fowler asserts, “By insisting that Sarty be loyal to ‘blood,’ Abner makes the boy aware, first, of loyalty as a conscious mode of behavior, and second, of the fact that there are perhaps other modes of behavior one could follow.” Fowler observes that Sarty consciously recognizes his ability to deviate from his father’s moral code which then frees
He could have been afraid of his father, or he could have wanted to stop his father’s wrongdoings. He then at the end of the story faces the results of his actions, as he now has nowhere to go and nowhere to call home. In William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” the boy choose to alert the authorities of his father’s plan to burn down a barn that night. He could have stayed at home and let his father
The Justice and Mr. Harris had realized it was an unfair position to put him in so he didn't have to lie after all. After the jury had ended, his father hit him because he didn't think he was going to lie to protect him. “His father struck him with the flat go his hand on the side of the head, hard but without heat…” shows how he was disciplined when he had done nothing wrong. Soon enough, his father tried to burn another barn down after trying to sue the owner in court. In the end of both of the stories, the children’s attitude caused them to lose their parents one way or another.
“Barn Burning” is written in limited omniscient point of view from the son Sarty, and that really plays a big part. It really makes people think when they read this story of what would it be like if maybe it was in someone else’s point of view? What made Faulkner do Sartys point of view, what made him so special? This story could be different if it was told from Lennie the mothers point of view. The mother in this is caring and always looks out for her son Sarty, like when he got hurt she would keep asking him “Does it hurt?” (Faulkner 263), so this story would have a whole different feel if she told it.
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.
(1) Although Adoniram seems to freak out at the end of the story, young Sammy clearly is the character that undergoes the greatest change. (2) Near the beginning of the story, Sammy clearly demonstrates his father’s traits of keeping to himself and of disregarding the women in the family. (3) After Adoniram’s plan to build a new barn is discovered by Sarah and Nanny, they discuss the situation. (4) Sammy is present at this point in time, but “he did not seem to pay any attention to the conversation” (Freeman). (5) While Adoniram’s plan to build a new barn is not discovered by Sarah and Nanny until men start digging a cellar for it, Sammy finally reveals that he did know about the plan for about three months.
One of the main themes that appear throughout the story is courage. Barn Burning is a story about Sarty Snopes. Sartys father likes to burn down other barns on his spare time. Sarty gets no respect and is overworked but underfed. However, he has a great sense of justice, and is moral.
The blood dried on his face during the ride out of town (966). This was a sense of pride for Sartoris, weird huh that he got beat up but still prideful, but Sartoris had defended the family name. A little later in the story Snopes plans to burn down a barn and it being De Spain’s barn, Sartoris feels that it is morally wrong and decided to tell De Spain that it was going to happen. De Spain then goes out and kills Snopes. As I said early in the paragraph before this that Sartoris has a hard time deciding between being loyal to his family or the law and in this case he was loyal to the law but the rest of the family was loyal and they still wind up alone, “… no blood to stick to...” This is that non-literal sense of blood if you didn’t catch
Biff is caught between two completely different dreams. His heart wants to live a simple life on a farm but his mind wants him to be like his father and work in the city. His inner conflict between his mind and his heart is constantly getting in the way of what he really wants. By the end of the play, Biff realizes that his father was pursuing the wrong dream and that Willy “never knew who he really was” and that is what killed him in the first place. Throughout the play, Biff tells his father in a true honest moment that, “Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be?” but after the death of his father, he tells the rest of his family that “I know who I am, kid” (138).
He notices that Telemachos is not home so he is told to come home by Athene. When he gets home he does not realize the old begger is in fact his father Odysseus. Except when Athene takes off the spell and Odysseus is revealed. Telemachos is told not to tell anyone, which he does not. This is because Odysseus does not want anyone to spread rumors