Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Faulkner is exploring the theme of loyalty and conflict. Faulkner continues to explore the theme of loyalty after Sarty and his father leave the store.
He controls his family with physical and psychological violence, and makes them accomplices in his favorite pastime: But Abner is a formidable character in his own right. We know that Abner was a mercenary during the Civil War. A mercenary fights in an army for money, not out of patriotic duty.
Apparently, Abner also stole horses during the war to sell to the highest bidder. We know that he hid in the woods for four years during the war.
Since the war lasted from towe can assume that Abner spent most of the war living in the woods. That was thirty years ago. As we learn towards the end of "Barn Burning," Sarty considers his father "brave" Colonel Sartoris is the fictional character Sarty is named for.
The narrator wonders if Sarty would still think his father brave if he knew Abner was a mercenary. What do you think? Based on what you know about Sarty, is there any thing else his father has done that Sarty would think was brave?
Rebel With A Cause Abner also seems to be fighting a class war. We suspect this to be the case when he deliberately tracks horse poop on the rug in the de Spain mansion. We are sure that this is the case when he says of the mansion: He wants to mix some white sweat with it.
In the passage above he is describing a class hierarchy, where black people are on the bottom and rich landowning whites are on the top. Abner is a tenant farmer. He has some of his own tools and animals. By tracking poop on the de Spain rug Abner is sending a powerful message to de Spain.
Abner shows him just what he thinks of a man who gets rich on the sweat of the poor. Since Abner misuses his power to control others, is he any better or worse than those he fights against? Is he stirring things up to open a space for change?
Or is he making things worse?William Faulkners Barn Burning is a A literary analysis of vera pless by regina jackson classic story of clannishness and family a description of abner snopes as the evil character in william faulkners short story barn burning loyalty.
- The Creation of Abner Snopes in William Faulkner's Barn Burning William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is an intriguing story about a young boy named Colonel Sartoris's (Sarty) love and hatred for his father, Abner Snopes.
The Creation of Abner Snopes in William Faulkner's Barn Burning Words | 6 Pages. The Creation of Abner Snopes in William Faulkner's Barn Burning William Faulkner's "Barn Burning" is an intriguing story about a young boy named Colonel Sartoris's (Sarty) love and hatred for his father, Abner Snopes.
Faulkner's short story about Sarty Snopes and his father, Abner Snopes, has been praised ever since its first publication in Harper's Magazine for June It was reprinted in his Collected Stories () and in the Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner ().
Part of the story's greatness is due to its major theme, the conflict between loyalty to one's family and loyalty to honor and justice. William Faulkner’s short story, “Barn Burning,” the character Abner Snopes, who is Sarty’s father as well as a main character of the story, stands out the most compared to other characters because of Faulkner’s description with a sense of irony and critic.
Characters See a complete list of the characters in "Barn Burning" and in-depth analyses of Colonel Sartoris Snopes, Abner Snopes, and Lennie Snopes.