William Faulkner in the story uses words comparing Abner Snopes to a house fly, or stinging wasp and also says that he lifts his hand like a curled claw.
This conflict is vividly illustrated by having a young 10-year-old boy — Sarty — confront this dilemma as part of his initiation into manhood.
Young Sarty has a choice: He can be loyal to his father, his blood relative, or he can do what he innately senses is right.
Sartoris acted out of the spur of the moment but he did what his heart wanted him to do.
Faulkner's short story about Sarty Snopes and his father, Abner Snopes, has been praised ever since its first publication in Harper's Magazine for June 1939.