In William Faulkner’s famous short story “Barn Burning,” we see clearly that the story grapples with a universal theme of justice, but what about justice does this story focus on and how, if at all, are the complexities of this theme resolved?
To help understand Faulkner’s very sophisticated narrative techniques and to see an example of a scholarly analysis of the short story, please read:
Ford, M. (1998). Narrative legerdemain: Evoking Sarty’s future in ‘Barn Burning’ (Links to an external site.) . Mississippi Quarterly, 51(3), 527.
View the videos in ADDITIONAL RESOURCES for further understanding of the story “Barn Burning” and the Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.
As before, you may want to review from Module 1:
The Elements of Fiction Interaction
Write an essay of 500-750 words maximum on your understanding of the primary theme of William Faulkner’s “Barn Burning.” You should quote short passages (4 lines or less) from the story to support your argument. Of course, there are many essays on this classic story, so if you use another author’s commentary on the story, such as the one you are asked to read in this module, make sure to cite that author’s article and to include the website using APA formatting.
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