Barn Burning - Billy Mills English 102 Dr. Williams TR...

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Billy Mills English 102 Dr. Williams TR 12:15 Looking out for your family isn’t always the best thing to do. In William Faulkner’s Barn Burning , young Sarty was brought up thinking that defending your family is the best thing to do. Sarty has had to aid his family, through lies, time after time because of his father’s actions. As the plot progresses in Barn Burning , Sarty’s thinking changes from this childish mindset of defending your family no matter what, to the mindset of a responsible adult doing what is best. Young Sarty’s static behavior shows how he grows up at a young age. At the beginning of the story, we see Sarty and his family in a courtroom defending their family name. Sarty’s father is the one on trial. When Sarty is called upon to testify against his father, we see he has an internal conflict on his hands. It is apparent that Sarty feels like doing the right thing and testifying against his father, but he knows that his family needs him to defend them. “He aims for me to lie, and I will
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