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William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning' / Point-Of-View

A 5 page essay discussing the reason that this story by William Faulkner is more effectively told from the child's point of view than his father's, and what Faulkner has gained from this choice. It argues that since the amoral Abner is incapable of having a moral dilemma and therefore from generating true conflict, the stronger story comes from his son. No additional sources cited.

William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning' / Symbolism & Characterization

A 5 page essay on the famous short story showing how the characterization of Abner Snopes is enhanced by Faulkner's use of symbolism.

Recurring Themes & Images In William Faulkner's 'A Rose For Emily,' 'Barn Burning' & 'The Bear'

A 5 page paper which examines the way in which William Faulkner repeats themes and images in his short stories, 'A Rose For Emily,' 'Barn Burning' and 'The Bear.' Bibliography lists 7 sources.

Compare/Contrast Style And Tone In William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning' And Flannery O'Connor's 'A Good Man Is Hard To Find'

5 pages in length. There are both similarities and variations in the way that William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor address the literary concepts of style and tone in 'Barn Burning' and 'A Good Man is Hard To Find.' Indeed, both writers possess a significant ability to weave a web of intrigue and compassion by utilizing style and tone, particularly with regard to emphasizing the necessity of conflict. Faulkner and O'Connor are two authors whose works thrive on the discord that is inherent to humanity; in fact, their very existence as literary giants comes from the fact that they are both so well-equipped to tap into the sometimes grim yet always entertaining aspects of the human condition. The writer discusses style and tone in relation to the two stories. No additional sources cited.

The Use Of Place, Atmosphere And Mood In William Faulkner's 'Barn Burning' And D.H. Lawrence's 'The Horse Dealer's Daughter'

5 pages in length. There are both similarities and variations in the way that William Faulkner and D.H. Lawrence address the literary concepts of place, atmosphere and mood in 'Barn Burning' and 'The Horse Dealer's Daughter.' Indeed, both writers possess a significant ability to weave a web of intrigue and compassion by utilizing techniques inherent to setting, particularly with regard to emphasizing the necessity of conflict. Faulkner and Lawrence are two authors whose works thrive on the discord that is inherent to humanity; in fact, their very existence as literary giants comes from the fact that they are both so well-equipped to tap into the sometimes grim yet always entertaining aspects of the human condition. The writer discusses place, atmosphere and mood in relation to the two stories. No additional sources cited.

Amy Tan’s “Two Kinds” and William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”

A five page paper looking at the process by which adolescents separate themselves emotionally from their parents’ values and goals. The paper argues that in both stories, the young protagonists come to the difficult realization that the person their parents want them to be is simply not who they are. No additional sources.

Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” and Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”

A five page paper looking at these two stories by John Steinbeck and William Faulkner in terms of the way they reflect the protagonist’s internal struggle with him- or herself. These struggles may be reflected in concrete action or simply transform the character from within. No additional sources.

“Representations of General Nature” in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” vs. Woolf’s “A Haunted House”

A five page paper looking at these two stories, by William Faulkner and Virginia Woolf respectively, in terms of how well they conform to Samuel Johnson’s observation that good stories should present “representations of general nature” -- in other words, reflect common experience. No other sources.

Characters in Death of a Salesman and Barn Burning Compared

This 5 page paper compares and contrasts the characters of Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman, with Abner Snopes in William Faulkner's Barn Burning. The theme of death in both works is duly noted. The nature of the characters is the focus of this paper. No additional sources cited.

The Talent of Faulkner's Barn Burning

This five-page-paper presents an in-depth discussion about the settings, and characterization of William Faulkner's "Barn Burning." Bibliography lists five sources.

Fire & Ice - Characterization, Setting & Theme in William Faulkner's Barn Burning

A 5 page paper that explores how William Faulkner uses characterization, setting and theme in his 1939 short story Barn Burning to present a clear, concise picture of the class struggles that raged across the South in the decades following the Civil War. Discussed are the conflicts and contrasts between the characters of Abner Slopes, Sarty Slopes, and the Major and Mrs. Lula de Spain. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Barn Burning: Brief Synopsis

A 3 page paper which discusses the story "Barn Burning." This brief paper addresses characters, setting, narrator, summary, tone, style, irony, theme, symbols, and an evaluation. Bibliography lists 3 additional sources.

William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” and Sarty Snopes’ Revelation

This 5 page report discusses William Faulkner’s short story “Barn Burning” published in 1939. In it, Faulkner tells about the Snopes family. Ab Snopes is a poor sharecropper and onetime horsethief who takes out his frustrations against the post-Civil War aristocracy by burning barns. Colonel Sartoris “Sarty” Snopes is his adolescent son, who detests his father’s destructiveness. Ultimately, Sarty has to make a choice between family loyalty and fundamental morality. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Compare and Contrast William Faulkner's Barn Burning and ShirleyJackson's The Lottery

6 pages in length. In this comparison of William Faulkner's Barn Burning and Shirley Jackson's The Lottery, the writer will consider the similarities and differences as well as the results of what emerges from this comparison. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

Analysis of William Faulkner’s Short Stories “Barn Burning,” “The Bear” and “A Rose For Emily”

A 5 page paper which examines how Faulkner’s themes and ideas are developed in each short story. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

THE RELIABILITY OF THE NARRATOR IN FAULKNER’S BARN BURNING

This 5 page paper discusses the reliability of the narrator as the story is revealed. Evidence is cited from the text to support the idea that the narrator is not only reliable, but gives evidence as to whom the narrator is. Quotes cited from the text. Synopsis included. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Father/Son Relationship in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”

This 5 page paper discusses the troubled relationship between Abner Snopes and his son, Colonel Sartoris Snopes, in William Faulkner’s short story “Barn Burning.” Bibliography lists 2 sources.

Barn Burning by Faulkner

A 3 page paper which examines the father in William Faulkner’s Barn Burning. No additional sources cited.

Faulkner's Barn Burning

A 3 page essay that analyzes William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning." In this story, Sarty, a young boy, has to choose between family loyalty and stopping his father from yet another barn burning. The behavior of his father, Abner Snopes, seems inexplicable, at first glance, to the modern reader, as Abner sabotages his chances of earning a living for himself and his family as a sharecropper by intentionally and maliciously ruining an expensive rug in the home of his new employer. The explanation for this bizarre behavior lies in Faulkner's careful characterization of Abner and the way in which he situates Abner within the context of the rural Southern culture of the time. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Hawthorne’s “Rappaccini’s Daughter”, Twain’s “The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg”, Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”, Cather’s “Paul’s Case”, O’Connor’s “The Displaced Person”, and Updike’s “The Music School”

This is a 6 page paper discussing elements with the short stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Rappaccini’s Daughter), Mark Twain (The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg), William Faulkner (Barn Burning), Willa Cather (Paul’s Case), Flannery O’Connor (The Displaced Person), and John Updike (The Music School). The sections each deal with two elements within the stories: for “Rappaccini’s Daughter” the issues discussed are when Rappaccini’s plans for Giovanni become apparent, and why Giovanni expresses such hatred for Beatrice at the end of the story; for “The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg” the issues discussed are what weaknesses the stranger wishes to exploit in the town, and what kind of family quarrels ensue; in “Barn Burning”, the relationship between the boy and his father are discussed in addition to the conflicting feelings the boy has for his father; in “Paul’s Case”, Paul’s judgment of art is discussed along with the events which lead him to leave; “Displaced Persons” deals with why Mrs. McIntyre changes her mind about Mr. Guizac and whether or not Guizac’s death was an accident; finally, in “The Music School”, the character of Albert Schweigen is discussed and why he lives the music school. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

A Marxist Analysis of Barn Burning

This 3 page paper evaluates the Faulkner work through a Marxist point of view. The class difference that seemed to propel Snopes to commit arson is accentuated. No additional sources cited.

A COMPARISON OF POE’S PURLOINED LETTER TO FAULKNER’S BARN BURNING

This 3 page paper discusses and analyzes Faulkner's Barn Burning and Poe's Purloined letter for characterization. Bibliography cites 2 sources.

Barn Burning by Faulkner

A 6 page paper which examines the theme of finding one’s identity in William Faulkner’s short story Barn Burning. No additional sources cited.

Barn Burning and Freud

A 4 page paper which examines the relationship between father and son in William Faulkner’s Barn Burning from a Freudian perspective. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

William Faulkner/Barn Burning

A 3 page essay that discusses the meaning and significance of fire imagery in William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning." Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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