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Character Analysis of Sarty in “Barn Burning” by William

Sartoris Snopes (Sarty) is the hero of the story “Barn Burning,” by William
Faulkner. He is a ten-year-old boy who can take his own decision. In the
starting of the story, he seems to be scared and hungry. Sarty is constantly
disturbed by fear, grief, and despair, and he know that to get free from these
hard emotions he needs to search for peace. Abner, his father forces him to
burn barn and do not want him to tell the truth afterward. As Sarty is first
introduced in the story it seems as if it was not the first time when Abner is
called to the court, though we do not know whether Sarty has witnessed or not. By
spending most of his time in the listening to the court proceeding he feels that
he should speak truth and help in people getting justice. He realizes that
Burning Barn of other people is not good he is destroying someone’s hard work and
money which they have gather for their family welfare. He does not want to lie in
the court room that he was not the part of his father’s plan of burning barns. He
knows that he is also guilt because he helped his father burning barn. Sarty
seems to have a strong sense of duty to his community. In the scene where Abner
tells Lennie to hold Sarty. He threatens his mother to let him go otherwise he
would hit her, although he knows that hitting his mother is wrong, he thinks
that burning de Spain barn is worse. He knows that his father is brave, and
everyone should remember him but not by the name “Barn Burner”. He neither
wants to betray his father nor break his mother’s hurt, but he also knows that
he can make his own decision. Being only ten-year-old he has developed a mind
an adult.



Faulkner, William. “Barn Burning.” Literature An Introduction to Reading and Writing
Compact Edition, edited by Edgar V. Roberts and Robert Zweig, 6th
ed., Pearson, 2015, pp. 462-472.




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