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William Faulkners Barn Burning William Faulkners Barn Burning presents a dichotomy of thought On one hand it is a heroic tragedy about Sarty Snopes growing into awareness and morality On the other it is a story describing a moribund southern aristocracy built on a tainted ante-bellum foundation of slavery and decaying on a post-war economic oppression of white agrarians Sarty rightfully looks at this old order of life as a symbol of hope However to Abner Snopes this way of life represents a bad crop lying system that kept sharecroppers in debt to merchants from birth to death and ask for extreme labor as the price for existence Faulkner frequently reveals his sympathies with the characters who come of poor white stock who do not have enough resources and no money at all People whom others rule and whose very existence is stolen from them and governed by others Faulkner talks about racism and how one kind should try to stick to its own so that no one can try to take them apart He shows us the motive in form of Sarty and Abner both characters of the same family The story focuses on two members of the Snopes family Abner Snopes a poor sharecropper who takes out his frustrations against the post-Civil War aristocracy by burning barns and his adolescent son Sarty who dislikes his fathers destructive behavior and ultimately must choose between family and morality Sarty is torn between doing the right thing which is telling the truth about his father and staying loyal to his family He does not want to lie for his father anymore but feels like he has to because the right thing to do would be staying loyal to his family What Sarty does not realize is that Abner does not really care about his family or what happens to them and that he only cares for himself By Sarty running
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