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Zender discusses the pivotal moment in "Barn Burning" where the reader must ask the question of if Sarty effectively killed his father. The work then goes on to detail the manner in which the reader might first grapple with and then come to terms with the actions of the boy. Zender follows the psychological thought process by developing the line of reasoning that the reader first accepts the "killing" on face value, then as a symbolic act that is necessitated by maturation. The work offers clear insight into the understanding of the plot and character in the work, and leads the reader to recollect thought processes regarding this coming of age incident in the work which ends by allowing Sarty to make his lifelong choice, alluded to by the father (Abner) in an earlier scene where he tells Sarty that he is getting to be grown and therefore must learn to choose if he plans to stick with his family or choose to lose them as a result of choosing to side against them. The literary criticism is foundational to a greater understanding of the work itself and its position as a starting point for Sarty as a man in the historical and cultural context of the post-Civil War south, when so many individuals and families were learning to deal with the aftermath and the personal loss of the war.
Zender, K.F. (1989) Character and symbol in "Barn Burning."College Literature 16 (1) 48-59. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25111801
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