Lennie And Sarty In Faulkner's Barn Burning

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In our life, our father is usually the one we look up to. The one that does good things not just for our family, but for the community as well. The person that teaches us important lesson about life. The one that treats our mother with respect. The person who knows to admit his own wrong doing. But what if he is not any of what we desire him to be? What if he is the opposite of all the things we want him to be? Do we still look up to him because he is family? Or do we just have to accept the fact that he is not the one we strongly yearn for? Characterization plays an important role in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”. Faulkner shed us light on how round characters are like. A good example are the father and son—Abner and Sarty. Colonel Sartoris Snopes also known as Sarty—the protagonist, is a 10 year old boy who look ‘“small for his age. . . In patched and faded jeans even too small for him, with straight, uncombed, brown hair and eyes gray and wild as storm scud’” (7). At a young age, Sarty was pressured to deal with problems of right or wrong that…show more content…
A good examples of these characters are Lennie and Sarty’s older brother. Lennie—the wife of Abner and the mother of Sarty, is a really exceptional woman for not giving out on Abner’s violent nature. She shows great love to the family; for instance, when Abner hits Sarty for almost telling the Justice. She tries to tend to Sarty’s wounds: “‘He’s hurt. I got to get some water and wash his…”’ (19). She also always tries to stop Abner from doing stupid things, like burning the barn, but she never succeeded in any of her attempts. Unlike Lennie, Sarty’s older brother is the opposite. He is a little version of Abner. He also has this habit of chewing tobacco. He follows and support Abner’s wrongdoing. On the night that Abner tries to burn the barn, Sarty’s older brother carries the 5 gallon can of kerosene. He also tells Abner to “‘better tie [Sarty] up to the bedpost”’

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