Unquestionably Abner's outrage is genuine—Faulkner humanizes him as Twain never humanizes Pap Finn—and his mistake is attempting too much at one time. Sarty had a family with a very unstable life, did barn work with his family to survive, and would utmost established a secure life without his family. This internal conflict within Sarty is important as it suggests that Sarty is torn between loyalty to his father and doing the right thing telling the Justice of the Peace that his father is guilty. Besides that, barn burning is more than just barns on fire. His determination to revenge the court's decision is revealed by the simple statement he gives his son.
He now knows, with certainty, that Sarty is torn between loyalty to his family and his need to enforce principles of justice. As he begins that contract he takes Sarty with him to see Major DeSpain, intending to make his son see DeSpain as the oppressor. Ultimately Sarty had the strength and courage to break free from the verbal chains of fear that his father placed upon him and do the right thing, by telling on his father. Then he might have gone a step farther and thought that that was the reason: that niggard blaze was the living fruit of nights passed during those four years in the woods hiding from all men, blue or gray, with his strings of horses captured horses, he called them. Another, newer view of Abner Snopes sees him as a way of expressing the social and economic problems of the Deep South in the 1930s Social Themes. It is as though Faulkner did not want a male Snopes with a moral conscience present amidst the other amoral, unethical, thieving, and degenerate male members.
He is currently making a living as a poor sharecropper but he also has a distinctive military background that describes his character. At midnight, Sartoris sits on a hill. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1992. He tries but the rug is ruined beyond repair so he is ordered to make a payment. He relishes in the demise of those that he feels is a threat to him or to those that have angered him in some unsuspecting way. Abner takes Sarty to visit their new landlord.
Sarty did not have any response to being hit, his father ordered him to get into the wagon and he did as he was told. Though Sarty doesn't know it, as he's also following in some literary footsteps. The story commences in a courtroom, where Ab is on trial for burning a barn. Often students experience difficulty in fathoming Faulkner's partial admiration for Abner. Rooted in the lower class, they are larger than their class and speak across it. Snopes is a very terrifying figure, often controlling his family with physical and psychological violence as well as making them contribute to his favorite pastime, burning barns.
However, Sarty was unsure of the decision he would make if he was questioned. After dinner Sarty hears his mother trying to stop his father from doing something. It may also be significant that Faulkner mentions that it is spring, as symbolically spring would be associated with a time of renewal. Abner Snopes outer appearance completely reflects his inner emotions. Meanwhile, poor whites also continued to struggle, and some became increasingly bitter at having to compete with former slaves—and at being considered like them, rather than above them because of their race.
Could he have avoided the dung? He was exposed to economic discrimination, which brought family division. Snopes and his two sons then leave the store and head to their wagon. In the entire episode of confusion, the judge reduces the fee to ten bushels of corn. He realizes his father is planning to burn the de Spain barn. Since he's only ten, we only see the first steps he takes in obtaining these goals.
The judge dismisses the charges against Snopes but warns him to leave the county for good, and Snopes agrees to comply. Sarty's knows his father wants him to lie, and is terrified. His father and brother realize that Sarty is planning on alerting de Spain, and they leave him behind, held tight in his mother's arms. Sometimes family can do more harm than good in providing proper guidance, love, and support. It's when he's being forced to lie and otherwise act outside the law that he freaks out.
He is pricked by his sense of lower class status to the point of outrage, and fire is a perfect symbol for his outrage and belligerence. Sarty breaks free and runs to the de Spain house. He is the lord of his own laws. Sarty is always woken in the dark by Abner, either to act as his accomplice on some dark errand, or to get smacked around and lectured. Here we can introduce students to the stark, graphic photographic heritage of the Depression '30s. Abner Snopes continues to cause trouble and disrespects authority in different areas of a specific southern county, thus leading to his eventual death because of his failure to adhere to certain standards of society.
Others spotlight and analyze Ab, and they do so in many ways. Although Sarty does not hesitate in his decision to warn DeSpain, Faulkner brilliantly conveys the price that Sarty pays for his difficult moral choice. Not much is heard from Sarty unless his father was demanding him to do something, he was sort of a wallflower in the midst of the chaos his father caused. Two hours later, the servant drops off the rug that Snopes had soiled and instructs him to clean and return it. In the beginning of the story Sartoris and Abner Snopes are in a court. He has moved from being a simple freebooter and thief to existing as a dark, vengeful individual. Primary focus is on Abner Snopes, Flem's father, and on Sarty, Flem's younger brother.