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Unformatted text preview: Ying Li Dr. Muriel Brennan ENG 110AG Feb. 22, 2008 Response Sheet Title : “Barn Burning” Author : William Faulkner Narrator : nonparticipant and omniscient Setting : In a courthouse somewhere in the South of the U.S. in the late nineteenth century Protagonist : Colonel Sartoris (Sarty) Antagonist : Abner Snobes Characters : Major De Spain, Jusdge, Mr. Harris, Sarty’s older borther, his twin sisters, his mother and aunt Symbols : Family blood is a symbol of loyalty Polarities : moral value vs. “family blood” Theme : Sticking on one own blood is not wrong, but it is not fitting in every situation. Response : This short story is based on two court cases against Sarty’s father’s barn burning acts. Although they have a father-and-son relationship, they are in the opposite position in this story. Sarty, the young protagonist from a poor family, has to be a witness that proves his father’s “innocence”. Being an antagonist, Sarty’s father, a veteran of the Civil War, is called a “barn “innocence”....
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- Spring '08
- Barn Burning, Short story, Sarty, Sartoris, William Faulkner Narrator