Small and wiry, with wild, gray eyes and uncombed brown hair, Sartoris wears patched and faded jeans that are too small for him.
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Faulkner's stories are set in the south of America where he grew up and was familiar with the lifestyle of the southern people. His short story, Barn Burning, follows on the same lines. The first print of the story was published in the June issue of Harper's Magazine.
The very same year, it was awarded the O. Henry Prize for the best fiction story. For now, just sit back and revel in this short story of a little boy who was torn between the loyalty to his family and an inner sense of justice. Let us go deeper into the story to understand it Summary and Plot The story begins at the town court where young Sarty, short for Colonel Sartoris Snopes, along with his father and brother are summoned for a hearing.
His father, Abner Snopes, is accused in the burning down of the barn owned by his landlord, Mr. Harris tells the court that Snopes's hog ran into his cornfields and ruined them completely. In spite of several warnings when the hog continued to enter the cornfields, Mr Harris kept the hog and asked Snopes to pay for the damages.
In turn, Snopes sends a man to collect the hog who also threatens Mr. The same night, Mr. Harris's barn is burned down. He takes the matter to court where the judge calls for Sarty to be a witness.
However, given the fact that Sarty is too young to testify, he lets the boy go. In his verdict, the judge orders Snopes to leave the country with his family, and never return again.
Sarty is aware of his father's folly; however, when they walk back to their wagon, few of the street boys hit him hard on the face calling his father, 'Barn Burner'.
His mother, who witnesses this, feels sorry for her son only to be told off by his father and commanded to get back to the wagon. As they are on the way to their new home, the Snopes camp out in an oak grove for the night. There, after the family falls asleep, Abner Snopes decides to take Sarty for a walk.
His father with not an ounce of remorse of what he has done, slaps him and warns him never to open his mouth about the incident. The next day, the Snopes reach their new house on Major de Spain's land.
Abner takes Sarty to visit their new landlord. Sarty is awed by the huge mansion of the de Spains, which reminds him of the courthouse. However, despite the servant's protest, Abner forcefully enters the house with horse droppings stuck to his shoes.
He deliberately soils the rug. Later, the rug is given to Abner to be cleaned. Abner, with every intention of ruining the rug, uses harsh lye and a jagged stone to clean it.
He then throws the rug on the de Spains' porch. Sarty is witness to all that his father does. Next morning, Major de Spain's anger knows no bounds, and he beckons Abner to his house. He orders him to pay twenty bushels of corn for the ruined rug.
However, Sarty supports his father as he thinks twenty bushels is too high a compensation for the rug.In the short story Barn Burning, Sartoris finds bliss by telling the truth and having the courage to stand up for what he believes in.
Sartoris' father, Abner Snopes, finds bliss in burning . The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara - The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara The major theme of the story was creating awareness in adolescents about what life has to offer.
The sight of the de Spain house gives him an instinctive feeling of peace and joy, but, as Faulkner notes, the child could not have translated such a reaction into words. Later, Sartoris reacts instinctively again when he prevents his father from burning de Spain’s barn.
Barn Burning by William Faulkner.
Home / Literature / Barn in his mind, not doing everything he can to save the de Spain barn is even worse. Likewise, he would prefer not to have to betray his father and break his mother's heart, but he also knows he can make his own decisions.
Sarty doesn't understand that the southern mansion was. Sarty Snopes, the ten-year-old protagonist of "Barn Burning." Abner Snopes, Sarty's drunkard father, who likes burning down barns. Mr. Harris, the plaintiff in the arson case against Abner Snopes.
Critical Viewing on Barn Burning William Faulkner’s use of a setting in a short story, such as “Barn Burning”, effected the entire outcome of the story from start to finish.
In “Barn Burning”, a young boy must face his father and face the reality of a harsh world.