William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” ending discussion

William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” ending discussion

William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning” has been described as a bildungsroman. Part of this discussion has debated the meaning of the story’s ending, with some critics arguing that Sarty’s departure indicates Sarty has separated himself from his father and his father’s way of thinking. Other critics, however, argue that Sarty’s departure echoes Abner’s behaviour. Discuss, with evidence from throughout the entire story, whether Sarty’s gradual defiance of his father actually indicates his rejection Abner or if that defiance, in fact, mirrors his father, dooming Sarty to repeat the failures of his father thereafter. Please follow ALL MLA guidlines.