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“Barn Burning” plot and conflict. Blood vs. Morality. Questions to ponder…. How do you define “blood”? How would Abner Snopes define it?. Family honor and obligations that come before morality and legality. Central Conflict: an inner conflict.

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questions to ponder
Questions to ponder…
  • How do you define “blood”?
  • How would Abner Snopes define it?
family honor and obligations that come before morality and legality
Family honor and obligations that come before moralityand legality

where does sarty s conflict first appear in the story
Where does Sarty’s conflict first appear in the story?
  • Find and highlight at least 2 places in pages 1-3 where you can see his inner conflict between blood and morality begin to surface.
how does this passage reflect sarty s conflict
How does this passage reflect Sarty’s conflict?
  • His father had struck him before last night but never before had he paused afterward to explain why; it was as if the blow and the following calm, outrageous voice still rang, repercussed, divulging nothing to him save the terrible handicap of being young, the light weight of his few years, just heavy enough to prevent his soaring free of the world as it seemed to be ordered but not heavy enough to keep him footed solid in it, to resist it and try to change the course of its events.
what moves sarty to soar free and to resist and try to change the course of events
What moves Sarty to “soar free” and to “resist…and try to change the course of events”?
conflict development crisis or climax
Conflict development: crisis or climax?
  • I could run on and on and never look back, never need to see his face again. Only I can't. I can't, the rusted can in his hand now, the liquid sploshing in it as he ran back to the house and into it, into the sound of his mother's weeping in the next room, and handed the can to his father.”
  • “Then he began to struggle. His mother caught him in both arms, he jerking and wrenching at them. He would be stronger in the end, he knew that. But he had no time to wait for it.”
  • “They ate supper by lamplight, then sitting on the doorstep,…he heard his mother’s voice: ‘Abner! No! No! Oh, God. Abner!’ and he rose, whirled, and saw…his father…”
which element of plot is this
Which element of plot is this?
  • “He got up. He was a little stiff, but walking would cure that too as it would the cold, and soon there would be the sun. He went on down the hill, toward the dark woods within which the liquid silver voices of the birds called unceasing - the rapid and urgent beating of the urgent and quiring heart of the late spring night. He did not look back” (20)
film clip
Film clip

sarty s two hulking sisters
Sarty’s “two hulking sisters
  • “The two sisters got down, big, bovine, in a flutter of cheap ribbons” (6).
  • “The two sisters stooped, bored, lethargic; stooping, they presented an incredible expanse of pale cloth and a flutter of tawdry ribbons” (10).
now let s look more closely at characterization
Now, let’s look more closely at characterization

Abner Snopes—part 1 of assignment