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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 because 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 wants to serve society more than his family. Although, he knows that his father
is the only people on whom his family is dependent upon, but he does not want his
father to destroy another people property. He warns 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 does not
want to be unfaithful to his father. Being only ten-year-old he has developed a
mind an adult. At the end of the story he finds burning barns is a crime, so he
informs to de Spain about his father burning his barn. He is a hero. He made his
father and brother killed for protecting the society, because if they were alive
they could have burned more barns.



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.