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What does it mean by "Ike McCaslin is a properly educated and baptized hero?"

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cheruka | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 31, 2007 at 12:03 PM via web

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What does it mean by "Ike McCaslin is a properly educated and baptized hero?"

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sullymonster | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 31, 2007 at 8:56 PM (Answer #1)

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Faulkner comments heavily in this story on the conflict and contrast between the Native American ways and the "progressive" ways of modern American.  Ike holds onto his Native American ancestry, but Faulkner here is - somewhat sarcastically - reassuring his readers that Ike is a worthy hero because he has met the standards of the Judeo-Christian American society.

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cheruka | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 1, 2007 at 12:06 AM (Answer #2)

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Ike is not native american. He is full white. I got this line from a critic's review and I am trying to understand it.

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ramseytheii | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 10, 2008 at 9:37 PM (Answer #3)

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Baptized in blood, educated in the forest, to be properly prepared for his subsequent life.

Walter Ramsey 

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