That Evening Sun Questions and Answers
by William Faulkner

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Is there a specific reason why Faulkner chose the name "Jesus" for the antagonist in the story?

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"That Evening Sun," by William Faulkner, is a short story that depicts the racism of the Old South.  The story is told from the point of view of Quentin, who was nine years old at the time of the main story's development.  He recounts the story of Nancy, a maid who works for the Compson family as a substitute for their regular maid Dilsey.  Nancy impregnated by a white man is deathly afraid that when her husband Jesus finds out about her pregnancy he will kill her.  She seeks refuge with the Compsons, who either don't understand her fear or underestimate it.

Faulkner adds ambiguity to the story, and the name of Jesus is an example.  At times, it is not clear either to the reader or to the children if Nancy is afraid of her husband...

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