Character Analysis Of Barn Burning By William Faulkner

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Growing up the most taught valuable lesson from right and wrong is through what we go through. William Faulkner, author of the short story “Barn Burning,” shows through the story a young boy learning what's right and what's wrong. As the main character in this short story Colonel Sartoris Snopes also known as Sarty learns that his dad's actions aren't right. Sarty’s father, Abner, moves their family around constantly and is a very destructive man. Sarty had a rough childhood and throughout the story he grows to be a round character, whereas in the beginning he was flat. Sarty is a young boy, 10 years old of age, who is stuck between doing the right thing or sticking by his family. As a reader, the thoughts shown throughout the story should make it…show more content…
As the ending comes to play, Sarty’s compliments become sparse. Which leads to the tones becoming different surrounding them. After Abner runs from the burning barn, he spoke of his father in a courageous or heroic sense. Sarty’s mentioning, “He's was in the war” (154) shows how he wanted those around him to remember his dad as a brave man and overlook him as an individual who burns barns. Although he doesn't condone his father and his actions, he still seems to care. Secondly the transition found throughout the story is through the language he uses as He is describing his father. Towards the beginning of the story he spoke as a young child watching and looking at the things around him and over time that starts to change. Sarty mentions that an enemy of his father was “…our enemy…”(147), which shows how much Sarty looked up to his father and wanted to be like him. As the middle of the story comes along the tone of his speech starts to change progressively more. The change we see in Sarty’s speeches is shown when he asks his father if he “wants to ride now?”(149) when they begin
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