Sticking to One's Blood

Sticking to One's Blood - 1 Alvarez David Alvarez Professor...

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Alvarez David Alvarez Professor Bentley-Baker ENG 2012 February 15, 2011 Stick To Your Own Blood The connection between father and son is one of the strongest bonds one can have to another individual. Sartoris and Abner’s relationship, however, was a classic example of what a father and son’s relationship is not supposed to be like. Abner, a father who has been accused of various crimes, constantly puts his son, Sartoris, in difficult positions. Sartoris’s adolescent mind is presented with having to choose between his deranged father’s will, and what he knows is right. Throughout William Faulkner’s short story, Burning Bridges , it can be proven that Sarty continuously battled between loyalty and honor, and ultimately chose honor. An honorable individual is someone who possesses the characteristics of honesty, good will, and integrity in one’s beliefs and actions. Through ten-year-old Sartoris Snopes’s character, Faulkner portrays the inner conflict between “sticking to one’s blood” regardless of right or wrong versus upholding one’s own morals. The beginning of the story immediately starts with one of Sarty’s dilemmas. The introductory setting is a cheese-smelling store, which doubled as the county courthouse, where his father is being accused of burning a man’s barn. The narrator states Sarty was so nervous “he felt no floor under his bare feet” (Faulkner, Barn Burning). It was in the moment “during those subsequent long seconds while there was absolutely no sound in the crowded little room”(Faulkner, Barn Burning), that Sarty had to make a decision between
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course ENC 2012 taught by Professor Danbaker during the Fall '11 term at FIU.

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