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William Faulkners short story Barn Burning is about a familys struggle created by their father the main character and father Abner Snopes is a self-ritous no-good who supports his family by moving from barn to barn as a tenant He is able to do this by setting fire to the barn he tends to and then leaving the city and finding another gullible victim who needs him to tend to their land Faulkner describes Abner as rough-cut whit-trash whos only motivation seems to be others down fallsThe overall impression Faulkner wants the reader to get is that his character Abner feels the whole world is against him The hardships placed on him from the civil war fuel his self-pitied attitude In the Civil War he became a horse thief and was shot in the back of the leg running from the horse owners leaving him broke and crippled Emotionally the reader has a feeling of sorrow or pity for Abner and his family His crimes are committed as survival tactics and not attempts to become an outlaw entrapanuer But at the same time you develope a hatred for Abner for bringing his family into his unstable unyeilding life style Its a typical Jerry Springer family struggle where the father brings everyone down with him Without a positive role-model whos to say that the rest of the family A crazy as their live may seem the snopes family valuses are similar to those of a healthy family With all of the drama going on the family seems to grow closer the phrase blood is thicker than water Faulkner even refers to this when he is talking to his son privatley and says stick to your blood cuz you aint gonna find any that sticks to you Everyone works together in the household the father farms the sons help the mother cooks and cleans the girls help Its almost as if they dont even consider their fathers
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