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During a time period when Americans were working towards progressivism, a young Faulkner was born in a small Mississippi town. Few would come to know how influential he would become for people all around the world. William Faulkner, who would go on to write a variety of stories about the challenges of growing up in the south, however many would doubt his ability to be successful in life. But the truth about that is that Faulkner would actually go on to succeed in literature after climbing over many obstacles in his life. When Faulkner writes his stories, he is able to convey what he wants the reader to learn from the story by being able to use many literary elements, however he likes to focus on two in particular in “Barn Burning,” which are Conflict and imagery. “Barn Burning” is a remarkable piece of literature, because when Faulkner wants to convey his major theme of loyalty, he is able to do it remarkably well through his use of conflict and imagery.

When William Faulkner was born on “September 25, 1897” in the small town of “New Albany, Mississippi” (Padgett 1), few would know how much he would change american literature and politics. The now adolescent William Faulkner was one who never found formal education that important, and that shows when he was in “high school he would often skip school until he finally dropped out his senior year of high school” (EGS 1). After dropping out Faulkner remained in his hometown of New Albany for a few years until he decided to join war efforts in WWI, However “he was declined entry into the United States military service” due to this Faulkner would travel from his home in the south to “Canada where he would join the Royal Canadian Air Force, however he would never see action in th...


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