Bayard Sartoris

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Bayard Sartoris
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Sartoris, Bayard
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Old Bayard
"Colonel" Sartoris
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
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Sartoris
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Date of Birth: 
Saturday, September 1, 1849 to Sunday, September 30, 1849
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First Person
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Bayard Sartoris is the fourteen-year-old narrator of "Raid" and the other stories of Faulkner's The Unvanquished series. His father, Colonel John Sartoris, is a prominent planter in Yoknapatawpha who left his plantation to fight for the Confederacy. Bayard is being looked after by his grandmother, Rosa Millard, during his father's absence and accompanies her on the trip to Alabama. He and his companion, Ringo, help Rosa fulfill her quest. Bayard is still an impressionable teenager and in awe of his cousin Drusilla, but he gradually matures throughout the narrative as he confronts the realities of war. Bayard Sartoris is a frequent character in Faulkner, including the other stories in this series that were revised to form the novel The Unvanquished (1938). He is a major character in Flags in the Dust, and is referred to in several other stories such as "A Rose for Emily."

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