He was used to his natural instincts and the teaching of his own heritage. The perpetrator and the victim of violence are embodied in the same person.
In Abner Snopes Faulkner captures the toll to the human spirit that the oppression, deprivation, and injustice of the Great Depression exacted. Additionally, the story presents some of the evils or rather crimes that were created by the socioeconomic injustices in the community.
Abner Snopes is full of hatred and he is always ready to defend himself even when no one has an argument against him. Though it is not a retelling of the story, it does explore the implications of having to try to run from "blood" and your own father's reputation.
In the South, race is one of the most important factors in how one would live his or her life. Cite Post McManus, Dermot.