Barn Burning by William Faulkner

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In William Faulkner’s Barn Burning, Abner Snopes is a main character and father of Colonel Sartoris Snopes (Sarty), who is also a main character. Abner is a very poor looking man, unclean and unshaven. He always seems to wear the same thing, a dirty white button up shirt with a dirty black hat and coat. Snopes is a very terrifying figure, often controlling his family with physical and psychological violence as well as making them contribute to his favorite pastime, burning barns. The Snopes family will pack up and move at any moment because of Abner’s actions, showing that Abner has a very tight grip on his family. Despite this figure that Abner portrays, he receives moments of empathy from his son, Sarty. Sarty seems to want to please the man throughout the entire story. Sarty even happily exclaims that he was named after his father’s General in the war. Abner is truly a rebel with a cause. He seems to think of himself as a victim of the class war. This seems to be the case when he purposefully tracks horse manure on a rug bought from France for $100 by the de Spain’s, which he is eventually forced to fix, but causes further damages to it. This causes the de Spain’s to become infuriated, which appears to be what Abner was hoping would be the result of his action. His fight against the class war becomes more evident when he speaks of the de Spain’s mansion to Sarty, saying “Pretty and white, ain’t it? That’s sweat. Nigger Sweat. Maybe it ain’t white enough to suit him
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