Faulkner A.R.P.

Faulkner A.R.P. - William Faulkner is a writer of his own...

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William Faulkner is a writer of his own unique style. He was a resident of Mississippi and spent most of his days in Oxford, Mississippi. He attended college at University of Mississippi. He served in the air force during World War I and afterwards retained a job at the New Orleans Times. He was a featured writer for this newspaper and soon became famous. Even after being known as the marvelous writer of Mississippi, he had hard times getting by and supporting himself. He began to write Hollywood scripts and teach at the University of Virginia in order to keep a stable income. He has been a major influence for other southern writers and always keeps a southern aspect through out his stories. He primarily was a novelist, and what many novels he did indeed write, but he also wrote many wonderful short stories. In 1950 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. William Faulkner is considered one of America’s greatest twentieth-century novelists (“William Faulkner,” pars. 1-4). “Barn Burning” is one of William Faulkner’s many southern stories. It is a tale of a southern boy forced into role by society. “Barn Burning” takes place after the civil war in the late nineteenth century. It primarily involves the conflicts of a father and his son. The father lives a rebellious life style and finds himself in outrages and in return sets things on fire. The son, Sarty, is trying to overcome what’s in his blood and is in constant struggle with family ties and morality. Although the story centers on the feelings and thoughts of Abner’s youngest son Sarty, the economic implications of his entire family play a vital role in justifying his father’s behavior, which is the pivotal reason for Sarty’s controversial feelings on which the whole story is based. William Faulkner captures the life of the south during the depression in this story. The dramatic conflict can be seen in William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” through the setting, characters, and symbols. Along with many of Faulkner’s short stories, “Barn Burning” is set in the imaginary Mississippi county of Yoknapatawpha (Akers and Moore 9). The stories main setting are at first the justice court, then of course on the road, and at last Major de Spains plantation. As the story opens, the ten-year old boy, Sartoris Snopes, sits in a courtroom listening as his father is accused of burning a neighbor’s barn. So, at the start of the story one may see that the father may be a bit of a rebel or he could just be being wrongfully accused for something he did not do. After being found guilty and in return being banned from the county, the family hits the roads again in their wagon not knowing where they will end up. Abner’s behavior makes him unwanted in any community so he is constantly moving his family from place to place. The family has become so used to this nomadic life, that they have few memories of a stable place to call home. This causes them to know life
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This note was uploaded on 08/23/2011 for the course PHIL 22 taught by Professor Gavin during the Spring '09 term at UCLA.

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Faulkner A.R.P. - William Faulkner is a writer of his own...

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