Barn Burning By William Faulkner

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William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” is about a southern white family that resides in a rural county in Mississippi. The low-income family members are the mother Lennie Snopes, the older brother, two sisters, and an aunt. The story’s main characters are, Colonel Sartoris Snopes, a 10- year-old boy, the father Abner Snopes, the property owner Abner’s boss Major de Spain, and his wife, Mrs. Lula de Spain. Abner Snopes characterized as the antagonist, and Faulkner describes him as an evil, vengeful man that dislikes the upper-class landowners. Sarty Snopes, the protagonist in “Barn Burning,” struggles with being loyal to his father Abner, or stand up for right and wrong.

William Faulkner (1897-1962), born in New Albany, Mississippi, the oldest of four sons born to Murry and Maud Butler Falkner(as their name formally spelled).(477) Faulkner named after his great-grandfather, William Clark Faulkner. Faulkner moved to the town of Oxford Mississippi in LaFayette County at the age of five. William Faulkner’s inspiration for writing comes from the landscape, history, and the people that live in the area. Faulkner is inspired to write about the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, and he describes how “he discovers his own little postage stamp of native soil and is worth writing about, because he would never live long enough to exhaust it.”(Faulkner 477) In “Barn Burning,” Faulkner portrays a young boy’s love and revulsion for his father, a frightening man who lives by a “ferocious

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