"Barn Burning" is a short story by William Faulkner that was first published in 1939. Explore a plot summary, an in-depth analysis of Colonel Sartoris Snopes, and important quotes.


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See a complete list of the characters in "Barn Burning" and in-depth analyses of Colonel Sartoris Snopes, Abner Snopes, and Lennie Snopes.

Literary Devices

Here's where you will find analysis of the key literary devices in “Barn Burning.”


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Deeper Study

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