Barn burning short story summary

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Mine and hisn both! The house servant opens the door as soon as they get there and tells him the Major isn't home.

He tries to identify a number of his feelings, from fear, despair, and grief to a sense of loyalty to his blood.

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Twenty years later, Sarty would understand that if he said the men only wanted truth or justice, his father would have hit him again. Faulkner notes that the campfire is small, and he contemplates why Abner, who has such a penchant for fire, doesn't build a larger one.

He strikes me as more primal and emotional in his thoughts and actions. When Sarty sees the owner's fancy, white mansion he feels like everything just might be all right after all.

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It is, however, significant that the smearing is done with Snopes' wounded foot, which suggests his evil character. He gets up to the house and bursts through the door. Sarty does. Maybe it ain't white enough yet to suit him. He now knows, with certainty, that Sarty is torn between loyalty to his family and his need to enforce principles of justice. Faulkner notes that the campfire is small, and he contemplates why Abner, who has such a penchant for fire, doesn't build a larger one. Sarty's full name "Colonel Sartoris Snopes" illustrates the conflict raging within him. But Abner indicates that the Major will never get the corn from him. His father and brother realize that Sarty is planning on alerting de Spain, and they leave him behind, held tight in his mother's arms. Adaptations[ edit ] In , the story was adapted into a short film of the same name by director Peter Werner. Sarty embraces this third option when he pleads with his father, "Ain't you going to even send a nigger? Snopes is defiant of the mansion's magnificence, and as Sarty watches him walk down the lane toward the house, we are presented with the central image of the story: "Watching him, the boy remarked the absolutely undeviating course which his father held and saw the stiff foot come squarely down in a pile of fresh droppings where a horse had stood in the drive and which his father could have avoided by a simple change of stride. Sarty watches the male servant trot by on a horse, followed by a black boy, his face angry, on a carriage horse carrying the rolled-up rug.

He tells Sarty that he must learn to stick with his own blood in order to survive. Sarty wants desperately to be loyal to his father, but he also knows that what his father does is wrong, but finds it painful to think about.

Sarty does.

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Summary and Analysis of Barn Burning by William Faulkner