Sarty: Static vs. Dynamic
In the story Barn Burning by William Faulkner, the character Colonel Sartoris
Snopes, or Sarty, exhibits many interesting traits. The majority of these characteristics are
seen through his thoughts that the author includes periodically throughout the story. The
thoughts in the reading should cause one to come to the conclusion that young Sarty is
definitely a dynamic character.
In the beginning of the story in the courtroom scene, the reader is
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Only when two shots are
heard in the distance, Sarty pauses briefly to cry out for his doomed father. He then
begins on his way for a new life, one without the fear of his father and threat of arson.
All these thoughts signify a great change within Sarty. He is indeed a dynamic
character, one who at first loved and defended his father, but later turned against him and