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Barn Burning by William Faulkner describes the development of Colonel Sartoris Snopes Sarty with his coming to manhood and the concomitant rejection of his father Mr Snopes From the beginning of the story we witness the growing conflict between the two characters which is identified from the beginning of the text with the boys anxiety in the courthouse Nevertheless through this latent emotional and physical rebellion what the boy comes through is the discovery of evil embodied by the patriarchal figure whose destructive will seems to control everyone and everything This desperate situation tears the boy in two because he doesnt seem able to chose between the old fierce of blood the fidelity to his father and his thrust towards justice and truth The story is centered on Sarty s emotional dilemma Faulkner places heavy emphasis on the sensational details that the boy feels This can be seen in the opening paragraph when we find that he is unconsciously aware that things are happening The frequent references to blood refer to the past where you come from to your origins and your descendants This idea creates tension throughout the story as the father demands identification from his son against their mutual enemy Sarty has inherited the traditions and the father tries to convince his son that their interests are identical In the second major scene Mr Snopes leads his son up the slope away from the family at the campfire The child looks up at the towering figure of his father against the starsof the frockcoat He strikes his son on the side of the head but without heat like he had struck the two mules and at times he also speaks without heat These images of cold violence and indifference to inflicted pain convey the childs sense of his father emotional frigidity Mr Snopes s cold violence is not an expression of hatred or anger violence is a tool used upon his son as
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