English 254 Class #10 Wed, April 30
Stevens, “Snow Man” Faulkner, “Barn Burning" Prep for
- What’s the difference
between a “snow man” and a “snowman”?
- What might the speaker
mean by "a mind of winter"? Is this a good thing, a bad thing, or
neither? Is the speaker suggesting that the reader should identify with
- Winter is often a
traditional symbol for death. Looking at the context, does Stevens use
winter as a symbol for death here, or does he seem to be talking about
something else? What else could he be talking about?
- What do the connotations
of the words “regard” (line 2) and “behold” (line 5) suggest?
- How do you understand this
And, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the
nothing that is.
- How does this poem compare
to “Emperor” and “13 Ways”?
- What is the story's
central conflict? How does the opening courtroom scene establish the
conflict? For example, what internal conflict does Sarty
feel when he thinks he will have to testify?
- Who is the protagonist?
What does Sarty think about his father? Through
what kinds of imagery is he objectified in the boy's consciousness?
- Who (or what) is the
- What is Faulkner's attitude
toward Abner Snopes?
What details in the story might convey his attitude?
- How might the phrase
"barn burner" stereotype Abner in the
eyes of the community? In what ways does his fierce independence alter
than stereotype? What seems to motivate his violent, antisocial behavior?
- What do the "big
houses" seem to represent for Abner? for Sarty?
- Why does Abner try to make his son an accomplice to the burning
of deSpain's barn?
- Identify the story's
climax. Why does Sarty finally defy his father
and try to warn deSpain?
- How is the story's central
conflict resolved? How is the resolution reflected in the imagery of the
- Does the story have a
theme? What is the subject? What is Faulkner saying about the subject?