Blood Is Thicker Than Water English Essay

In William Faulker's short story "Barn Burning", a struggle erupts when Abner Snopes expects his son, Colonel Sartoris, to ignore his personal moral obligations in order to protect the family honor after a crime is committed. In their small town of Yoknapatawpha County, Faulkner creates a moral dilemma between the characters to analyze the complexity of growing into manhood. In “Barn Burning”, Faulkner uses the arson trial, the Snopes family’s move, and the burning of the second barn to illuminate the danger of blindly accepting a particular southern region’s culture.

At the young age of ten, Colonel Sartoris is faced with his first test of manhood: will he lie for his father in court or will he be truthful about his father’s crime? Even though he is very young, Colonel already understands the task his father has placed in front of him as he thinks of the man prosecuting his father as “our enemy” solely because he reasons, “He’s my father!” (Faulkner 801). It is blatantly clear that Abner has raised Colonel Sartoris to support his actions in any situation, even if it means committing perjury. Young Colonel understands his mission in the court as he thinks, “He aims fir me to lie, And I will have to do hit” (Faulkner 802).

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Essay about Blood is Thicker than Water in Ethical Dilemma

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Ethical Dilemma Is blood really thicker than water when it comes to ethical decisions? In this paper I will explain why I sacrificed an almost non-existent relationship with my brother to do the right thing. My dilemma occurred when brother announced he was getting a divorce. His wife alleged unfaithfulness on his part; however, he convinced my parents there were no outside parties involved. I was aware the allegations were true along with a previous occurrence of infidelity five years earlier. I had first-hand knowledge, but never revealed this to him or his wife.
My brother and I are the only surviving children in our family. Although family is important to me, the relationship with my brother is severely strained. I love him, but…show more content…

Ethical Dilemma Is blood really thicker than water when it comes to ethical decisions? In this paper I will explain why I sacrificed an almost non-existent relationship with my brother to do the right thing. My dilemma occurred when brother announced he was getting a divorce. His wife alleged unfaithfulness on his part; however, he convinced my parents there were no outside parties involved. I was aware the allegations were true along with a previous occurrence of infidelity five years earlier. I had first-hand knowledge, but never revealed this to him or his wife.
My brother and I are the only surviving children in our family. Although family is important to me, the relationship with my brother is severely strained. I love him, but have no respect for him. He’s had difficulties in life, but he’s also had advantages. A few years back, I helped him out of a tough situation. I loaned him money (several thousand dollars) and found him a job that changed his life. Over the years that profession has given him a comfortable living wherein he is considered successful in the minds of many. Without airing too much, I will say there are two sides to my brother; the side he shows my family and the other side which I consider to be his true side. I have reason to believe that once my parents pass away; my relationship with him will be non-existent.
I became aware of underhanded behavior concerning him during the divorce. He was hiding large quantities of money, alleging to give up

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