Sartoris Snopes is a young boy born to a poor family. Sarty had a family with a very unstable life, did barn work with his family to survive, and would utmost established a secure life without his family. Abner is the father in the family. We see Sarty as a puzzled youth that faces the questions of faithfulness to his father or faithfulness to himself and the society he lives in. Symbolically, going uphill was escaping his past. Though his wife asks him to let her do it, he says he is going to. Sometimes family can do more harm than good in providing proper guidance, love, and support.
The story examines the internal conflict and dilemma that Sarty faces. He thinks to himself, Enemy! He then runs out of the house as he hears the Major yelling for someone to get his horse. Law in Literature: Legal Themes in Short Stories. Faulkner focuses in depth on the antagonist, Abner Snopes and his actions and how they impact other characters throughout the story. To begin with, Sarty and his family have lived an extremely unstable life controlled by the father Sade.
That the black servants are so much better dressed than Abner only further emphasizes his social position, and feeds his resentment and need to assert superiority, which he does by ordering the servants around and calling them by racial epithets. Abner is a very poor looking man, unclean and unshaven. These social and economic insights may help students comprehend the rage and violence of this underclass, typified by the barn-burning Abner. Abner is revealed as a sadistic character who confronts his son with the choice of keeping his loyal ties to the family or parting for a life on his own with no familial support. He then tells him that in order to pay for it he will have to give him twenty extra bushels of his corn crop.
The next day the family arrives at their new home. He tried to imagine what compelled his father, the man who burns down barns at the slightest sign of disrespect, to build such small fires. It is people as chattel which Abner Snopes reviles even though his very methods dehumanize him. Twenty years later, Sarty would understand that if he said the men only wanted truth or justice, his father would have hit him again. Each has conflicts with his father, fantasize of a wealthier existence, and flee from the tribulations in his life.
This story was first published in June of 1939 in Harper's Magazine and later awarded the 0. For some people the experience comes very early in their lives, and can be a significant life changing experience. He responds to the honor and integrity epitomized by the Sartoris Old South as he also is attracted to the material splendors of the aristocratic South. They deposit the rug at the corner of the house where his father and brother are sitting and gallop back. Together, these two boys share comparable lifestyles.
It is clear, then, that Abner is purposely and proactively announcing his defiance, that regardless of his status as a sharecropper he refusese to acknowledge the superiority of the landholders for whom he works. It reinforces the kind of person that the author would like him to come off as. This was a time of significant social turmoil caused by reconstruction efforts in the South, the beginnings of an economic boom in the North, a massive influx of European Immigrants, and the political and social disenfranchisement of racial minority groups and the poor. Now, though, Sarty can only obey. The story opens at the county store which also serves as the courtroom in this small town. And if Sarty was even older, the story suggests, he might have realized that fire spoke to something deep inside his father and was his only weapon. Sarty uses the fire to relinquish himself to the point where he can now follow the law and live in peace with the rest of the world like he has always wanted to.
His sense of right and wrong has been biased under the tyranny of his father. Sarty was unsure if he would choose his loyalty to his father, or if he would do the noble thing and tell the truth. The first time that we are introduced to fire in this story is when Abner is on trial for burning down Mr. In his rendition of the Sartoris-like agrarian society, Faulkner acknowledges its dichotomy: the injustice, the lack of fair play, the blacks' subservience, and the divisiveness within the community which empire builders like the Sartorises and the de Spains wrought. Then the mother comes over and looks at them in despair. The Aching Heart: Family Violence in Life and Literature. The Author William Faulkner was born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1897.
When the family does eat, the meal is makeshift and cold. Fire in the Third Degree Warmth, heat, anger, destruction, rage, devastation, death, cleanser, survival, passion, desire, power, energy, colorful, beautiful, magical, quick-movement, flamboyant, bright. It is the poignant story of a boy's inner struggle between his inherent sense of right and the constricting bonds of blood which tie him to his evil, domineering father and pathetic family. The pig belonged to Abner Snopes, Sarty's father. Searching for ways to communicate effectively with their families and maintaining their changing identities trap the characters. In this instance we can see how Sarty disobeying Abner sends him in a rage as a result of feeling a loss of power.
Characters and Themes ¡§Barn Burning¡¨ is a story of the Snopeses, a poor white family who appear in a number of Faulkner's narratives of fictional Yoknapatawpha County. Snopes portrays true evil because he is willing to sacrifice anything, including the people that love him most, to get what he wants. This story shows the racial segregation that took place in these times between the white landowners and white tenant farmers, the blacks and the whites, and the poor white trash class and the blacks. He is convinced of his right to unleash his destructive revenge on anyone who has wronged him. This is in direct conflict with his last name. Sometimes loyalty to the family can become a great cost and a heavy burden for a person.