Barn Burning Characters

Topics: Family, Want, Barn Burning Pages: 2 (901 words) Published: March 25, 2012
William Faulkner's “Barn Burning” has many minor characters, some that even have only one line. Colonel Sartoris Snopes or better known as Sarty is one of the more major characters that is defined by the minor characters, mainly being his family. They help define Sarty's character by being his opposite. His mother Lennie Snopes might as well not exist since she does nothing that is really useful in the story. The twins, Sartys sisters do not help out their mother and just sit around talking meanwhile the mother does all of the house work. Sarty's brother is the least mentioned in their family the story, only mentions a couple of facts about him. Sarty is the ten year old son of Abner and Lennie. He is forced by his father to help him burn barns, and then lie about it in court,like when it says “He aims for me to lie, he thought,again with that frantic grief and despair. And I will have to do hit”. He also feels guilty because he is acting as an accomplice in this. He does not want to lie for his father because all he really wants is justice. At the end of the story when his father goes to burn the barn of the de Spains, “ “De Spain!” He cried, panted. “Where's...” then he saw the white man too emerging from a white door down the hall. “Barn!” he cried “barn!”” Sarty cannot take it any more and decides he wants is going to warn Major de Spain. He runs off screaming what is happening to Major de Spain. When Major de Spain goes to catch his father Sarty is just running and hears three shots. It is never known if his father dies or not. Lennie, Sarty's mother is portrayed as weak and powerless. She is afraid of Abner, her husband, because she does not seem to be able to stop him from burning barns. Although she tries hard to stop him she fails, for instance when Abner tell her to hold Sarty when he is going to burn the barn and her son says to her “lemme go!” “I dont want to have to hit you!”. This shows she is very powerless with her family and that they can get...
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