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Theme Throughout Barn Burning The Post-Civil War brought about many conflicts Not only was there a distinct separation between the Confederates and the Union but between social classes race and families as well Barn Burning written by William Faulkner includes all of these conflicts and more in a story about a small family struggling though life as sharecroppers during the reconstruction of the Post-Civil War Unfortunately the leader of the Snopes family Abner is an enraged father who burns barns to let out his aggression His youngest son Sarty blindly sees him as a trustworthy and loving person but slowly Sartys inner thoughts begin to speak louder each time his father does something immoral Eventually when a forever life-altering situation arises Sarty must choose between his dishonest family and a life of altruism In Barn Burning William Faulkner reveals that one must choose the moral and righteous path to live a happy healthy life even if it means sacrificing the opinion of ones family Adolescence is a confusing time in life when choosing a role model is difficult and critical to ones future At the onset of the story Sarty is exposed to the reader as a boy who does anything and everything for his father He aims for me to lie he thought again with that frantic grief and despair And I will have to do hit SIC Faulkner 227 These are the thoughts Sarty has when his father is in court for burning down a farmers barn This quote is very crucial to the entrance of the story It shows that Sarty has been pressured in the past to do something against his beliefs similar to what he is forced to do now He feels grief and despair two horrible things that a child his age should never have to face especially for the wrongs of his own father Sarty loves his father so much that he is willing to take verbal and
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