“Barn Burning” – William Faulkner

Barn Burning
Analyze the character of Colonel Sartoris Snopes.  What is his central conflict?

Why does Abner Snopes burn barns?

Consider the bovine imagery surrounding Sarty’s sisters.  What is Faulkner suggesting with this language?

What role does the law play in this story?  Do you think the legal system portrayed in “Barn Burning” is just?

Analyze Falkner’s diction, syntax, and sentence constructions.  How does his voice contribute to the story’s themes?

 

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