Transformation Into Adulthood
adult while dealing with the many crude actions and ways of Abner, his father. We see
faithfulness to himself and the society he lives in. His struggle dealing with the reactions
progresses. Faulkner uses many instances to display the developing of Sarty?s conscience
his father, the language he uses when describing his father, and the way he obeys his father
throughout the story.
The first instance in which we can see a transition from childhood to adulthood in
and wishes that things could change for the better throughout the story. At the beginning
of the story he speaks of how his fathers ?…wolflike independence…?(145) causes his
clean a rug with force ?…though never raising his voice…?(148), it shows how he sees his
father as strict, but not overly demanding. He seems to begin to feel dissent towards his
story, Sarty?s compliments become sparse and have a different tone surrounding them.
wanted everyone to remember his dad as a brave man, ?He was in the war.?(154) and
should be known for it, not burning barns. He seems to care about, but not condone his
father and his actions.
Another instance where we see a transition is in the language he uses when
looking at the things around him. He said that an enemy of his fathers was ?…our
enemy…?(147) and spoke with the loyalty of a lamb, never knowing that it could stray
Sarty shows change when he asks his father if he ?…want[s] to ride now??(149) when they
not fearing the consequences. At the end of the story, the language Sarty uses becomes
clearer and more independent. As he runs from the deSpain?s house, like a child, he cries
for Abner saying, ?Pap! Pap!?(154), but when he stops and recalls the event, he says, like
an adult, ?Father! Father!?(154). He shows his development through these examples of his
The last instance where he shows us that he is developing a conscience is in the
me to lie and I will have to do hit.?(144). He is totally loyal at the beginning of the story,
see Sarty?s father ask if he has ?…put the cutter [horse] back in the strait stock…?(150)
and we find that Sarty disobeys his father for the first time when he says ?No sir.?(150).
He begins to have a say in things in a slight way. But near the end of the story, his mind
totally decides for itself when he was told to stay at home. He told his mother to ?Lemme
go.?(153). He seems willing to go to any length to disobey his father for the purpose of
serving justice now.
After reading about Faulkner?s transitional phases of the compliments, speech, and
innocence into a person with a conscience in Sarty. Faulkner gradually develops Sarty
have with him and look at the wrong deeds he is doing. If you happen to face your fears
and set strait the wrong, in the end, the good will always prevail.