Sarty Snopes

Display Name: 
Sarty Snopes
Sort Name: 
Snopes, Colonel Sartoris "Sarty"
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Poor White
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
Snopes
Specific Job: 
Son of Tenant Farmer
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, May 1, 1884 to Friday, May 1, 1885
Origin: 
Itinerant
Real?: 
No
Biography: 

Ten-year-old Colonel Sartoris "Sarty" Snopes is the focal character in "Barn Burning." The youngest of sharecropper Ab Snopes's four children, he is "small for his age, small and wiry like his father, in patched and faded jeans even too small for him, with straight, uncombed, brown hair and eyes gray and wild as storm scud" (4). The story begins by describing his hunger for the food on sale in the country store where his father is being tried as a barn burner, but revolves around his deeper, more despairing hunger for something less tangible - for "peace and dignity" (10) in a world that is "ordered" differently from the one he was born into (9). Sarty is named for Colonel John Sartoris, a towering figure in Yoknapatawpha County lore; unlike his namesake, however, Sarty never appears in any other Faulkner text.

Individual or Group: 
Individual
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