Barn Burning Mind Map

Barn Burning
Overview
Main Characters
Themes
Set in the South 30 years after the Civil War, "Barn Burning" follows the harrowing story of Sarty Snopes, a young boy from an extremely poor farming family. Sarty must choose between loyalty to his blood ties—especially his violent, terrifying father, Abner—and standing up for his own values and hopes for a better future.
1.Abner Snopes goes on trial when he is accused of barn burning.
2.The Snopes family is run out of town and must start life anew.
3 Abner ruins the rug of their new landlord, Major de Spain.
4 Abner sues de Spain for charging him 20 bushels of corn to replace the rug.
5 Abner, feeling justice has not been done, burns down de Spain's barn.
Numbering
6 Sarty runs to warn de Spain and then strikes off on his own, leaving his family for good.
Sarty
Loyal but conflicted 10-year-old boy
Abner
Sarty's bitter, violent father
Major de Spain
Rich, haughty landowner
Mr. Harris
Compassionate landowner seeking justice
Justice
Abner resents the iniustices he feels life has brought on him and takes matters into his own hands—but faces consequences when others seek justice.
The Aunt
Opinionated, strong relative; helps on the farm
Loyalty
Sarty is torn between loyalty to his family and loyalty to his own ethics and desires.
Choices
Characters' actions correspond to their own moral code—Abner acts out of desire for revenge, while Sarty chooses what he thinks is right.
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Diplomas or degrees earned by Faulkner
2:14
Time on the broken clock that was Lennie's dowry
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Times the Snopes family has moved
1980
Year a short-film adaptation starring Tommy Lee Jones as Abner was released
Symbols
Rug
Symbolizes Abner's anger toward more prosperous, "privileged" people
Fire
Represents the the destruction and sustenance of life
Abner's Foot Injury
Stands for the permanent damage done to his soul
Author
WILLIAM FAULKNER 1897-1962
An American author and Nobel Prize winner,Faulkner wrote poetry, short stories, screenplays, and novels, often about life in the South. Stories such as "Barn Burning" tackled dark topics that many other writers avoided: prejudice, poverty, violence, and the struggle between the social classes.
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