But a close reading of this short story reveals rich and deep characters including a father unable to control his anger and a boy who must decide where his love and loyalty actually lie. Summary The story opens at the county store which also serves as the courtroom in this small town.
A Story from the '30s Mary Ellen Byrne, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ Written as it was, at the ebb of the s, a decade of social, economic, and cultural tumult, the decade of the Great Depression, William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning" may be read and discussed in our classrooms as just that--a story of the '30s, for "Barn Burning" offers students insights into these years as they were lived by the nation and the South and captured by our artists.
This story was first published in June of in Harper's Magazine and later awarded the 0. Henry Memorial Award for the best short story of the year. Whether read alone, as part of a thematic unit on the Depression era, or as an element of an interdisciplinary course of the Depression '30s, "Barn Burning" can be used to awaken students to the race, class, and economic turmoil of the decade.
During the s, the Sartoris and Snopes families were overlapping entities in Faulkner's imagination. These families with their opposing social values spurred his imagination at a time when he wrote about the passing of a conservative, agricultural South and the opening up of the South to a new era of modernization.
This depiction of the agrarian society of the Sartoris family connects Faulkner to the nostalgic yearnings for a past expressed in I'll Take My Stand, the Fugitives' manifesto ofa book opening the decade yet echoing sentiments of past decades.
At the start of our classroom discussion of "Barn Burning," we can explain the tenets of the Fugitives, their traditional, aristocratic attitudes, and their reverence for the landed gentry life style. We can focus on the description of the de Spain home and property, with its opulence and privilege, as representative of the Agrarians' version of "the good life.
In his rendition of the Sartoris-like agrarian society, Faulkner acknowledges its dichotomy: It is, of course, this very social inequity, the class distinction, and the economic inequality against which Sarty's father Ab Snopes' barn burning rails.
We now can lead our students to the evidence of these social injustices within the story by identifying exemplary moments and scenes. Then the second courtroom scene in which de Spain exacts a payment of "twenty bushels of corn against your crop" for the ruined rug can be discussed in the context of de Spain's use of the words "contract" and "commissary.
Foremost as such an example of social injustice is the encounter at the doorway of the de Spain mansion between the Snopes father and son and the de Spain black house servant. At this moment young Colonel Sartoris Snopes whose very names pit the aristocratic, land-owning rich against the tenant farmer poor is ushered into the reality of class differences, that being the cleavage within the local community.
The boy Sarty responds to the big house with a "surge of peace and joy. But the old, neatly dressed black servant in his linen jacket bars the door with his body and commands the father, who has deliberately put his foot down in a pile of fresh horse droppings, to "wipe ya foot, white man.
Sarty experiences the interior of the house as a swirl of glittering chandeliers, gleaming gold frames, and curving carpeted stairs. His image of Mrs.
While the son imagines the house as a citadel secure against momentary stings from his father, "the buzzing wasp," the father Abner Snopes sees the house as "pretty and white," built on "sweat, nigger sweat.
Maybe it ain't white enough yet to suit him. Maybe he [de Spain] wants to mix some white sweat with it. At the heart of Abner's defiance is his awareness that the man in the big house "aims to begin owning me body and soul for the next eight months.
To attack the aristocratic class, Abner Snopes deliberately builds his fires to bum the property owned by the boss and twice destroys the rug. In our classroom discussion of the character of Abner Snopes, we should build an awareness of the oppression of the laborer, so common in the '30s, and an appreciation of the underclass of white workers who functioned then in a version of indentured servitude.
These social and economic insights may help students comprehend the rage and violence of this underclass, typified by the barn-burning Abner.
The contrast between the de Spain mansion and the Snopes tenant farmer shack highlights the terrible divide between owner and tenant in the '30s.Author: CARL Created Date: 8/5/ AM.
"Barn Burning" doesn't have quite the shocking impact that "A Rose for Emily" does, but it is a profound and moving story of an impressionable young boy living in the South William Faulkner is always good for a mental workout, and his short story "Barn Burning" is free online here/5(K).
BARN BURNING by William Faulkner, "Barn Burning" was born in the intense activity of William Faulkner's most brilliant decade. Absalom, Absalom! behind him, he gave increasing thought to the Snopes family, poor whites with stories worth telling—as he had already intimated in As I Lay Dying when Anse Bundren, his mules having drowned, is forced to buy a team from Flem Snopes. "Barn Burning": A Story from the '30s Mary Ellen Byrne, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ. Written as it was, at the ebb of the s, a decade of social, economic, and cultural tumult, the decade of the Great Depression, William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning" may be read and discussed in our classrooms as just that--a story of the '30s, for "Barn Burning" offers students insights. Full text of "Collected Stories Of William Faulkner" See other formats.
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The boy, crouched on his nail keg at the back of the crowded room, knew he smelled cheese, and more: from where he sat he. Mar 04, · Buried beneath the stream of consciousness sentence structure in Faulkner's Barn Burning is the story of a boy and the father he both loves and iridis-photo-restoration.coms: 1 Barn Burning by William Faulkner The store in which the justice of the Peace's court was sitting smelled of cheese.
The boy, crouched on his nail keg at the back of the crowded room, knew he smelled cheese, and more: from where he sat he.
Free Essay: Analysis of The Barn Burning by William Faulkner The short story “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner is about a ten year old boy, Sarty Snopes.