Sarty’s sisters are described in extremely odd ways by the narrator of “Barn Burning.” They are sometimes “hulking” (802),

Sarty’s sisters are described in extremely odd ways by the narrator of “Barn Burning.” They are sometimes “hulking” (802), “big, bovine, in a flutter of cheap ribbons,” (803), “blinking slowly and steadily at nothing apparently” (807), and possessed of “incorrigible idle inertia” (805). Since most of the story revolves around Sarty and Abner, what role do his sisters play in the story? Why do you think they have been described in this way? What does their curious behavior imply about the Snopes family?

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