Also unnamed, the brother is older than Sarty and seems to have traveled farther along the path of becoming their father. Sarty considers him to be more an adult than a fellow child: several times Sarty becomes confused when he assumes that not he but his brother is being spoken to. The brother is mostly sullen and quiet: we don’t learn anything about his own fears or desires, though it does seem that he either agrees with Abner most often or else is willing to choose loyalty over any other sense of values.
Sarty’s brother Character Timeline in Barn Burning
The timeline below shows where the character Sarty’s brother appears in Barn Burning. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.