Ab’s emotional instability is a predominant factor contributing to his erratic behavior throughout the story.
The family has moved a dozen times from farm to farm, and at times forced to forfeit their agreement with the landlord due to Ab’s unacceptable behavior.
Nutrition is lacking “He could smell the coffee from the room where they would presently eat the cold food remaining from the mid-afternoon meal” (PARA. As a consequence, poor health combined with inadequate opportunity results in low morale.
A morale which the writer is identifying with the middle class of his times “that same quality which in later years would cause his descendants to over-run the engine before putting a motor car into motion” (PARA.
His fiction satisfies the critical demands that writing be inventive and invigorating, as r...
Read more Many modernist writers of the twentieth century focused their works on the concepts of identity and alienation.This story outlines two distinct protagonists and two distinct antagonists.The first two are Colonel Sartoris Snopes (“Sarty”) and his father Abner Snopes (“Ab”).It is a story set in the 1930's, a decade of the Great Depression when social and economic problems ex...Read more Sarty's Conflict William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" provides an excellent example of how conflicting loyalties can affect decisions.20)The Snope family manages to survive and find work.However, the work offers little other than a chance for survival “I reckon I’ll have a word with the man that aims to begin tomorrow owning me body and soul for the next eight months” (PARA 40). Due to seasons and crop rotation, in order to secure work they had to reserve land with different landowners.“Barn Burning” is a sad story because it very clearly shows the classical struggle between the “privileged” and the “underprivileged” classes.Time after time emotions of despair surface from both the protagonist and the antagonist involved in the story.In Faulkner's story, the main character, Sarty, faces such a dile...Read more The overwhelming poverty that Sylvia (Toni Cade Bambara, "The Lesson" p.543) and Abner (William Faulkner, "Barn Burning" p.250) experience dooms them both to a life of self-destruction. Read more In the short story "Barn Burning," the protagonist, Sarty Snopes has a very conflicted relationship with his father.