Components of the Plot Functioning in William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” William Faulkner is an unforgettable American author. He wrote books and short stories about the American condition. Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” is no exception. “Barn Burning” is a story about the relationship between a father, his son, and society as a whole. Family is a common theme of many authors, but Faulkner broaches this theme in a sad and poignant way. Abner Snopes, father of young Sartoris Snopes, hates society and shows it through malicious acts and burning barns, a very serious offense. Sarty goes along with his father because of his loyalty to his family, even though Abner is bitter and mean. At the end of the story, however, Sarty warns their employer the...The end:
.....end, Sarty’s sense of justice was more important than keeping with his family’s shady dealings and offenses, and they seem to pay the ultimate price. “Barn Burning” is a sad story about choosing between what is right and one’s family. Most often, these two elements can overlap, but not in this story. Sarty goes through a transition where he is loyal to his family but then lets his conscience guide him, and his sense of justice. This change makes him grow up a little, but also may have sacrificed his family by the death of Abner and his older son. In William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning,” one can see the themes of family ties and justice through the inciting incident, rising action and climax. Works Cited Faulkner, William. “Barn Burning.” 1939.