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In William Faulkners story Barn Burning we find a young man who struggles with the relationship he has with his father We see Sarty the young man develop into an adult while dealing with the many crude actions and ways of Abner his father We see Sarty as a puzzled youth who faces the questions of faithfulness to his father or faithfulness to himself and the society he lives in His struggle dealing with the reactions which are caused by his fathers acts result in him thinking more for himself as the story progresses Faulkner uses many instances to display the developing of Sartys conscience as the theme of the story Barn Burning Three instances in which we can see the developing of a conscience in the story are the ways that Sarty compliments and admires his father the language he uses when describing his father and the way he obeys his father throughout the story The first instance in which we can see a transition from childhood to adulthood in Sartys life is in the way he compliments his father Sarty admires his father very much and wishes that things could change for the better throughout the story At the beginning of the story he speaks of how his fathers wolflike independence145 causes his family to depend on almost no one He believes that they live on their own because of his fathers drive for survival When Sarty mentions the way his father commands his sisters to clean a rug with force though never raising his voice148 it shows how he sees his father as strict but not overly demanding He seems to begin to feel dissent towards his father for the way he exercises his authority in the household As we near the end of the Taylor-2 story Sartys compliments become sparse and have a different tone surrounding them After running from the burning barn he spoke of
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