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Jamar DeWalt The Themes Portrayed In Faulkners Barn Burning The works of William Faulkner are drenched with the ambiance of the South Faulkner a master when it comes to southern dialect is highly revered as a Southern writer His works include but are not limited to All the Dead Pilots Barn Burning Country Mice and Knights Gambit A Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning novelist Faulkners prose can be difficult to comprehend Thus vast worlds of resources are available for the reader to gather hisher own understanding The following essay will take an in-depth look at Barn Burning This piece is probably one of Faulkners most renowned works The story is centered on resentment and inner turmoil The main character in this piece Abner Snopes is a man with much hate in his heart Hes a sharecropper who despises wealthy people It is that same resentment that causes him to burn their barns as revenge for his own shortcomings His despise for the beurocratic aristocracy has fueled his hatred to the point where his mental wellness is considered highly questionable Throughout the story he demonstrates that he is a cold-hearted violent selfish and lawless individual Abners unchanging character shows his cold heartedness After being sentenced to leave the country for burning a mans barn he shows no emotions to his family The oppressive conditions which he forces his family to endure are inhumane During the story there was not a time when he apologized or offered a word of encouragement to them His tone of voice when talking to them is bitter and bossy and he never said thank you Abners unchanging character is evident not only in his role as being cold-hearted but also in his role as being lawless Abners act of breaking the law begins when he was supposed to be fighting in the Civil War but instead he stole horses from both sides of the lines When Abner returned home
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