His fiction satisfies the critical demands that writing be inventive and invigorating, as r...
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No hope for advancement prevails throughout the story.
Sarty, his brother and the twin sisters have no access to education, as they must spend their time working in the fields or at home performing familial duties.
“Barn Burning” is a sad story because it very clearly shows the classical struggle between the “privileged” and the “underprivileged” classes.
Time after time emotions of despair surface from both the protagonist and the antagonist involved in the story.
Sarty is still a young boy of only ten years, but he is heavily under his father's ...
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Nutrition is lacking “He could smell the coffee from the room where they would presently eat the cold food remaining from the mid-afternoon meal” (PARA. As a consequence, poor health combined with inadequate opportunity results in low morale.
A morale which the writer is identifying with the middle class of his times “that same quality which in later years would cause his descendants to over-run the engine before putting a motor car into motion” (PARA.