He broke the loyalty with his father and solved his self-conflict. He made the decision that his morals were more important than protecting his father. Even though he tries to warn de Spain, he is too late and the barn is already on fire. He hears gunshots and assumes his father is dead. Sarty decides to sleep on a hill.
The majority of these themes focus around conflict, more specifically intrapersonal conflict. The story follows Sarty and his decision to leave his family in order to live a better life. Two of the major themes are Sarty and his conflict with himself, and him trying to balance his own demands with his responsibility to society. In the end, Sarty chooses his responsibility to society over his personal needs and his family. He decides to tell Mr. De Spain because he knows what his father is doing is not right and he must end
“It would be dawn and then sun up after a while and he would be hungry” (Faulkner 161). Barn Burning is set in an imaginary Mississippi county, Yoknapatawpha, in which the Sartorises and the de Spains are privileged people living by a code of honor and the Snopes, most of them, are lazy and irresponsible (Faulkner). In the story Barn Burning, William Faulkner shows the coming of age story of Colonel Sartoris Snopes, also known as Sarty, and the importance of good judgement. At the beginning of Barn Burning, Sarty is a child who is willing to sacrifice his morals for his family because he is so fearful of his father. When Sarty gets called forward by the Justice to testify, he thinks his father “aims for me to lie... and I will have to do
Sarty battled to safeguard his dad and when harmed, he appeared to require the blood to stay for some time as an indication of why he stayed with the man. Sarty saw his dad now and again as "bloodless" and cut from "tin." Sarty could as a rule persuade himself why his dad was like this. The way that he must be a stallion merchant for a long time escaping the blue and the dark armed forces to exist by taking or "catching" as he called it,
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
“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.
Sarty shows maturity by what is said in the story concerning his morals compared to his father’s way of life. The de Spain mansion is an important experience in Sarty's life, because many details concerning Sarty's thoughts are found in this section of Sarty’s life. Seeing the de Spain mansion makes Sarty reflect on the past. The first thing the mansion reminds him of is, “a courthouse,” (Faulkner; Pg.4). Interestingly, the court house is a place of peace for Sarty.
Abner is the crazy father who went to war and has some sort of disability. Sarty is Abner 's son who is by his side throughout the whole story. Faulkner portrays a theme that devotion is within family or within the law. Abner chooses devotion to the law when he starts to burn barns. When turning against family for the law, people really need to take a look back and see what caused this to happen.
We burnt a woman."(page. 50) and continue to talk to Mildred “There must be something in books, things we can't imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there.” (page. 51) without consciously noticing his different perspective towards fire from the first encounter with Faber before the novel. These quotes represent that he rejected the idea of being a fireman by questioning himself and the cause of the incidents occurred on that day. Clearly, the quote “he pressed at