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Jeremy Aust Professor Anderson English 104 November 6 2000 A Literary Analysis of Barn Burning At first glance the story Barn burning seems just to be about a tyrannical father and a son who is in the grips of that tyranny I think Faulkner explores at least one important philosophical question in this story were he asks at what point should a person make a choice between what his parents and or family believes and his own values The main character and protagonist in this story is a boy named Colonel Sartoris In this story Sarty is faced with the decision of either going along with the views and actions of his morally challenged father or asserting his own morality and individuality by running away and leaving his family and his pain behind The antagonist in the story is Abner Snobes Abner Snobes is a very angry and inconsiderate man who has hate and detestation for almost anybody who is not blood-kin and he portrays that hatred and contempt throughout the story qtd In Volpe 163 This story follows the typical format and is narrated in the third person In the exposition Faulkners skill as a writer is demonstrated through the way that he uses detail to draw the readers into the story Also in the first paragraph we are introduced to the main character and protagonist in the story Sarty The setting in which Sartys conflict is established is a trial In the trial the justice asks Sarty I reckon any boy named for Colonel Sartoris is this country cant help but tell the truth can they qtd in Meyer 482 This is the part of the story in which the readers can first get a sense of the moral dilemma that Faulkner is trying to portray in this
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