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teacher: Laura Vallenari
Barn BurningDont Try this at home! What do you think happens to Sartys father and brother at the end of the story? How does your response to this question affect your reading of the last paragraph of the story?
Remember, I am asking you two questions here. Answers should be thoughtfully complete.
I think that Major DeSpain kills Sarty’s father and brother while they are burning the barn. The quote, “…he heard the shot and, an instant later, two shots…” tells us that Major DeSpain fires his gun, but we do not know if he has killed anyone. Sarty assumes that his father and brother were killed, and I agree with his assumption. The fact that DeSpain fired only two shots suggests that he only needed to shoot his gun twice in order to kill