Colonel is constantly disturbed by fear, grief,

ColonelSartoris Snopes (Sarty) is the hero of the story “Barn Burning,” by WilliamFaulkner. He is a ten-year-old boy who can take his own decision. In thestarting of the story, he seems to be scared and hungry. Sarty is constantlydisturbed by fear, grief, and despair, and he know that to get free from thesehard emotions he needs to search for peace. Abner, his father forces him toburn barn and do not want him to tell the truth afterward. As Sarty is firstintroduced in the story it seems as if it was not the first time when Abner iscalled to the court, though we do not know whether Sarty has witnessed or not.

Byspending most of his time in the listening to the court proceeding he feels thathe should speak truth and help in people getting justice. He realizes thatBurning Barn of other people is not good because he is destroying someone’s hardwork and money which they have gather for their family welfare. He does not wantto lie in the court room that he was not the part of his father’s plan of burningbarns. He knows that he is also guilt because he helped his father burning barn.Sarty wants to serve society more than his family.

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Although, he knows that his fatheris the only people on whom his family is dependent upon, but he does not want hisfather to destroy other people property. He warns his mother to let him gootherwise he would hit her, although he knows that hitting his mother is wrong,he thinks that burning de Spain barn is worse. He knows that his father is brave,and everyone should remember him but not by the name “Barn Burner”. He neitherwants to betray his father nor break his mother’s hurt, but he also knows thathe can make his own decision.

Being only ten-year-old he has developed a mindan adult. At the end of the story he find burning barns is a crime so he informto de Spain about his father burning his barn. He is a hero. He made his fatherand brother killed for protecting the society, because if they were alive they couldhave burned more barns. 

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