Later, the rug is given to Abner to be cleaned. But, he is surrounded by actors who seem to have been chosen by lottery from a pool of folks who've never acted before. The fact that he is a child and vulnerable; increases our worry. But Sarty stops that thought before he has to face the implication. Snopes wakes Sartoris and takes him onto the dark road, where he accuses him of planning to inform the judge of his guilt in the arson case.
In order to break this cycle, Sarty warns a landowner of his father's intent and flees. The first print of the story was published in the June 1939 issue of Harper's Magazine. The story thereby subtly portrays how racism in the South was deeply embedded everywhere not just in Abner , even if it took many forms. The Collected Stories of William Faulkner 1950 also included the story, and it was reprinted in 1961, in the Selected Short Stories of William Faulkner. Snopes supervises as the two sisters reluctantly clean the carpet with lye, and he uses a jagged stone to work the surface of the expensive rug. Sarty listens to his father tell the blacksmith and another man a long story of when he was a professional horsetrader. De Spain happy, but it might teach Abner a lesson.
He knows that this resentment has trapped the Snopes family in a cycle of poverty and despair. Once again, the Major seems more incredulous than angry that Abner has dared to challenge his proper place in the world. The praise largely stems from its dealing with the theme of Sarty's struggle between loyalty to his family and what he knows is right. It is clear, then, that Abner is purposely and proactively announcing his defiance, that regardless of his status as a sharecropper he refusese to acknowledge the superiority of the landholders for whom he works. When his father orders him to get more oil, he briefly hesitates. This short story by William Faulkner takes place in the late 1800's after the war.
Abner knows that Sarty wanted to tell the truth and assumes his son planned to betray him. William Faulkner grew up in Oxford, Mississippi, part of a family that had been in the American South for generations. We learn the story of what happened from Mr. Major de Spain seems more surprised than angry, which only underlines the rarity of someone in a position so far beneath him ever even being able to cause him harm. In this description of Abner as almost a not-living thing, the continued use of synecdoche makes sense: Sarty sees parts of his father as symbols representing the whole, but the whole is a mystery.
Emily Grierson and her Negro servant, Colonel Sartoris, and the old Board of Aldermen represent this old view. Snopes feels superior only when he encounters someone who is black — in this case, the butler. The young Sartoris then hears the sound of three gun shots, perhaps indicating his father's murder and potentially that of his older brother, who was his father's accomplice. A hungry boy named Sarty craves the meat and cheese in the store. The father begins to shout for his daughters, one of whom drags the rug into the house, and tells the other to set up the wash pot though she tells Sarty to do so. Snopes never burns farm houses, and while we might initially conclude that this restraint is proof that Snopes isn't wholly incorrigible, we soon learn that on farms, barns are more important than houses because they hold livestock and oftentimes harvested crops, which provide the money and food that farmers and their families need to survive.
For instance, when Buck believes he is about to die on the wing of the plane, he remembers encounters with certain men during the war, almost peacefully. Screenplay In 1980, this story was adapted into a short film of the same name by director Peter Werner. Sarty begins to struggle, while his mother catches him in both arms. The next morning, as Sartoris and Snopes prepare the mules for plowing, de Spain arrives on horseback to inform them that the rug was ruined from improper cleaning. The scene with his father makes him realize just how much he wants to make his own choices. Abner, though, is not yet in bed, and the last thing Sarty remembers before going to sleep is his harsh silhouette bending over the rug.
As a young boy, he looks up to his father for good advice and as a role model, thus his fathers wrongdoings just make him more confused. A silent and sullen man, he walks with a limp, a significant factor when we learn later that he received the wound while stealing horses — and not necessarily the enemy's — during the Civil War. That the black servants are so much better dressed than Abner only further emphasizes his social position, and feeds his resentment and need to assert superiority, which he does by ordering the servants around and calling them by racial epithets. Barn Burning by William Faulkner contains a strong symbolism of fire. The two come to a huge house: when Sarty sees it he forgets his father, his terror and despair. His resentment toward these landowners stems from a proud family history that does not align with the Snopes family's current circumstances, and Sarty senses this.
Abner thrives on feeling powerful and in control, which is fulfilled through the burning whether it be small camp fires or huge barn burnings. Sarty, his older brother, and his father get into the family wagon, where his mother, aunt, and two sisters are waiting. Harris asks for Sarty's testimony. He announces that he's quitting on one day's notice; Reinhardt points out that he's only been working there three weeks. When Sarty sees the owner's fancy, white mansion he feels like everything just might be all right after all. Summary Barn Burning The story begins with a boy sitting at the back of a general store that doubles as a courtroom. Abner picks up a fragment of field stone and puts it into the wash pot, though his wife is begging him not to.