A Story from the '30s Mary Ellen Byrne, Ocean County College, Toms River, NJ 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 into these years as they were lived by the nation and the South and captured by our artists. This story was first published in June of in Harper's Magazine and later awarded the 0. Henry Memorial Award for the best short story of the year.
Table of Contents Plot Overview Young Colonel Sartoris Snopes crouches on a keg in the back of the store that doubles for the town court. The justice of the peace asks Mr. Harris for proof that Mr. Snopes burned his barn. The final time, when Mr.
Harris an ominous warning that wood and hay are combustible. Later that night, fire claimed Mr.
Harris has Sartoris called to testify before the court. The boy knows his father is expecting him to lie on his behalf. After doing so, the judge asks Mr. Harris whether he wants the child cross-examined, but Mr.
Harris snarls to have the boy removed. The judge dismisses the charges against Snopes but warns him to leave the county for good, and Snopes agrees to comply.
Snopes and his two sons then leave the store and head to their wagon. A child in the crowd accuses them of being barn burners and strikes Sartoris, knocking him down. Snopes orders Sartoris into the wagon, which is laden with their possessions and where his two sisters, mother, and aunt are waiting.
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. Snopes strikes Sartoris on the head and tells him he must always remain loyal to his family.
The next day, the family arrives at its new home and begins unloading the wagon. Snopes takes Sartoris to the house of Major de Spain, the owner on whose land the family will work.
He resentfully remarks that the home was built by slave labor. Two hours later, the servant drops off the rug that Snopes had soiled and instructs him to clean and return it. 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.
After dinner, the family retires to their sleeping areas. Snopes forces Sartoris to fetch the mule and ride along with him to return the cleaned rug. At the house, Snopes flings the rug onto the floor after loudly kicking at the door several times. 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.
In lieu of the hundred-dollar replacement fee, the major says Snopes will be charged twenty additional bushels of corn. Snopes puts Sartoris back to work, and the following days are consumed with the constant labor of working their acreage.
Sartoris hopes that Snopes will turn once and for all from his destructive impulses. 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.
Sartoris attempts to defend Snopes, saying that he never burned the barn, but Snopes orders him back to the wagon. The judge mistakenly thinks the rug was burned in addition to being soiled and destroyed.Mar 04, · Buried beneath the stream of consciousness sentence structure in Faulkner's Barn Burning is the story of a boy and the father he both loves and rutadeltambor.coms: William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning': Summary and Analysis First published in the Harper's Magazine in , William Faulkner's short story, Barn Burning, revolves around a ten-year-old boy, Sarty.
The story is set in the southern region of the United States of America, and takes place after the Civil War. Free Essay: Analysis of The Barn Burning by William Faulkner The short story “Barn Burning” by William Faulkner is about a ten year old boy, Sarty Snopes.
Further Study. Test your knowledge of "Barn Burning" with our quizzes and study questions, or go further with essays on the context and background and links to the best resources around the web. 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. BARN BURNING by William Faulkner, "Barn Burning" was born in the intense activity of William Faulkner's most brilliant decade. Absalom, Absalom! behind him, he gave increasing thought to the Snopes family, poor whites with stories worth telling—as he had already intimated in As I Lay Dying when Anse Bundren, his mules having drowned, is forced to buy a team from Flem Snopes.