As Snopes and Sarty walk up the drive, Snopes refuses to alter his stiff stride even enough to avoid some fresh horse droppings and then refuses to wipe his feet before he walks across the pale French rug that graces Mrs.
Snopes walks away free, with a warning to leave the county, which he has already arranged to do. His pride is excessive and the source of ill, not of virtue. The next weekend, Snopes and his two sons head once again to a court appearance at the country store, where the well-dressed de Spain is in attendance.
His supposed supremacy as a white man is challenged by the black servant who obviously holds a superior position in the doorway.
By this point in the story the reader has seen Snopes deliberately step into horse manure, deliberately enter the de Spain house uninvited, deliberately mark up the rug. The servant is unable to keep him out, and if the servant asks him to wipe his feet, well, any of us would do the same, and Snopes should not have to be told.
He and his family have moved at least a dozen times within his memory.
He tries to dissuade Snopes, but Snopes grabs Sartoris by the collar and orders his wife to restrain him. He has coped, survived, and endured unmerited sufferings on his own tenacious terms.
The judge mistakenly thinks the rug was burned in addition to being soiled and destroyed. Moreover, Snopes contracts with de Spain on his own initiative, and de Spain does not get a chance to oppress him, since Snopes immediately puts himself in the wrong.
Not to mention the "Chuck.
I only say this because it happened to me. Poor whites, too, can be "owned" as blacks were. Snopes puts Sartoris back to work, and the following days are consumed with the constant labor of working their acreage.
Snopes is certainly guilty, but he is not convicted, because the presiding judge has compassion for Sarty and does not wish to call him to the stand to testify against his father.
Young Sarty is called to the stand, but because the plaintiff is ultimately unwilling to force him to testify against his own father, the case is closed, and the father, Abner Snopes, is advised to leave that part of the country. His image of Mrs. And that also counts for the space between the ears of the audience that sits down to read or listen or watch what these guys come up with.
Even the wronged man, Harris, pities the boy and releases him from testifying. Here in "Barn Burning" the small, impoverished and illiterate ten-year-old boy, ill nourished on cold food and dressed in clean but faded, patched jeans, has experienced home as a succession of identical "unpainted two room houses, "tenant farmer hovels, for the Snopeses have moved a dozen times through poor country.
Any love, pity, and compassion are now gone from the father; only the "frozen ferocity" and the "cold, dead voice" remain. From the first moment de Spain is the aggrieved party, not Snopes.
Sarty endures steady and unremitting oppression by his father, yet he holds on to his dignity and his humanity. Even with his guilt evident in the physical fact of the destroyed rug, the judge takes pains to keep from being unjust to Snopes.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.
“Barn Burning” William Faulkner In most stories one reads there is going to be a protagonist and an antagonist. The protagonist is the character in the story that is usually considered the good guy.
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eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of Barn Burning. 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.Download