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Youre getting to be a man You got to learn You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you aint going to have any blood to stick to you This quote from William Faulkners Barn Burning does reveal a central issue in the story as Jane Hiles suggests in her interpretation The story is about blood ties but more specifically how these ties affect Sarty the central character of the story The story examines the internal conflict and dilemma that Sarty faces When the story begins Sarty and his family are in a courtroom Sarty known in a proper setting as Colonel Sartoris which in itself gives an insight into the families mentality Sartys father Abner Snopes is being accused of a barn burning Right away as Sarty is called to testify you get an idea of what is going through the boys head and the mentality that has be ingrained in him He thinks to himself Enemy Enemy referring to the people that his father and his family for that matter are up against Sarty would later discover that things are not always the way that his father leads everyone to believe they are Sarty somewhere deep down wants to just do what is right but being roughly 10 years old I dont think he quite has that figured out yet His sense of right and wrong has been biased under the tyranny of his father We also get a good idea of the personality of the father Abner by the way Sarty describes his physical appearance Abner is not a man of a lot of words demonstrated in many instances We see this in the way he addresses his family in the way he communicates with other characters and most importantly in his outrageous stunts in his attempts to prove that know one will ever run over Abner Snopes and his family He more or less uses actions to speak
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