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Sartys Struggle for Independence In Barn Burning by Faulkner we are told the story of how Sarty Colonel Sartoris Snopes struggles with his father in order to find his own identity At first Sarty is blindly following his father Later on in the story Sarty questions his father provoking some serious reactions on the part of the father At the end Sarty betrays his father and finally gains his independence from the bitter old man When Sartys father is first put on trial Sarty is called up to the witness stand As he was walking forward he blocked most of the situation out but the thoughts running through his head were He aims for me to lie and I will have to do hit both on p 482These two statements clearly suggest that Sarty knew what actually happened They also suggest that Sartys father expects him to lie in defense of his family his blood Even though Sarty was never examined by the court it is obvious that Sarty knew before he was even asked a question and given an opportunity to respond that it was expected of him to lie do defend his blood After leaving that town Sarty questioned his father asking You were fixing to tell them You would have told him To this his father replied without a verbal response Instead the father struck Sarty saying without heat or anger Youre getting to be a man You got to learn You got to learn to stick to your own blood or you aint goin to have any blood to stick to you p 484 Sarty attempted to question his father showing how he questioned his fathers actions but this was immediately silenced by a swift response from his father When Sartys father decided to burn Major de Spains barn again Sarty attempted to question his father This time the father just grabbed Sarty carried him into the next room
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