Barn Burning

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Abner Snopes asserts his independence, his defiance, and his own view of justice through fire – by setting fire to the barns owned by those who he feels have slighted him. But fire, in “Barn…

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While “blood” can be a metaphorical way of referring to genetic relationships—an important theme in “Barn Burning”—blood is also referred to symbolically on a more basic, visceral level throughout the story. Sarty’s mother attempts to…

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The rug at the entrance to the home of Major de Spain becomes the crux of one of the Snopes family’s numerous struggles with justice and authority. After Abner defiantly steps in horse droppings and…

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