Ankit Bhardwaj Sarah Burns ENG112-16 31st January,2018. Character Analysis

Ankit Bhardwaj

Sarah Burns

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Character Analysis of Sarty in “Barn Burning” by William

Sartoris Snopes (Sarty) is the character of the story “Barn Burning,” by
William Faulkner. He is a ten-year-old boy who can take his own decision. He is
the hero of the story because he prefers protecting society more than his
family. He respects his father Abner Snopes and obeys him, example he knows that
his father is wrong still he did not spoke the truth about the Barn Burning. He
does not question when his father slapped him for no reason this type of attitude
shows that he is a well-mannered child. In the entire story he is looking for peace
and happiness which he has never received from his own family members. 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.