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Light in August

There are several possible symbolic meanings for Light in August by William Faulkner, and none of them are particularly obvious. The first possibility is that it is a reference to something that...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2013 7:20 pm UTC

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The novel is rich in symbolism. A few symbols that come to mind that are present in most characters' stories are food, money, and the road. Food, in the novel, seems to represent the characters'...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2010 8:58 am UTC

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Certainly racism is major theme in Light in August. We see light-skinned Joe Christmas, who passes as white, become the prime suspect in the murder of Joanna Burden when Joe Brown tells the sheriff...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2010 8:44 am UTC

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In most 20th Century fiction, Christ figures are ironic. In many ways Joe Christmas is no exception. He is a violent man--probably guilty of killing McEachern, beating several prostitutes as...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2010 1:46 pm UTC

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What makes this novel so confusing is that any traditional approach to a linear, chronological plot structure is abandoned, and many of the characters are only viewed through flashbacks that seek...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2013 5:59 am UTC

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Joe Christmas is a character who is portrayed as accursed, unstable, and always searching for a home. He tries living with a black woman, but his mind recoils. He flees through endless streets and...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 4:08 pm UTC

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Light in August is an excellent example of Freudian psychology. Faulkner gives a fully developed narrative of the childhood of Joe Christmas, so that we understand that his early trauma resulted...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011 3:36 am UTC

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One of the fascinating aspects of this novel is the way that flashbacks are used extensively in order to highlight the impact of the past on the present and to establish the continuing relevance...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2013 5:11 pm UTC

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It is hard not to ignore the way in which Faulkner uses wood imagery again and again in this novel to deliberately allude to the story of Jesus Christ and thereby foreshadow the fate of his...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 2:46 pm UTC

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Joe Christmas is filled with self-hatred. He believes himself to be part black and cannot accept the fact that he is mixed. He craves order and acceptance, but can find neither in the segregated...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2010 1:00 pm UTC

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Lena Grove is a very simple country girl, but she is relentlessly unchanging in her motivation to find Lucas Burch, aka Lucas Brown, the man who is the father of her unborn child. Lucas leaves her...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2013 10:24 pm UTC

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The novel has an overall plot that progresses in linear chronological fashion, especially regarding the stories of Lena and Byron. This plot is often obscured because it is thoroughly intertwined...

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Essentially, Light in August, is about a patriarchal society where women and Black people are marginalized. A harsh Christian outlook, judgemental and austere rather than compassionate and...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2013 11:12 am UTC

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I cannot agree with the view stated in your quotation. It really doesn't say much except that Joanna Burden feels guilty about the way blacks are mistreated in Mississippi and the Deep South...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2013 9:41 pm UTC

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The novel Light in August by William Faulkner was written in 1932. This makes it a modernist work that illustrates modernism’s cynical emphasis on meaninglessness. The stories in the book also take...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2020 10:29 pm UTC

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A great place to look for support for this question is the section of the story where Christmas is running, basically non-stop for several days after committing his crime. The images that are used...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010 11:58 pm UTC

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Given the subjective nature of this question, not all readers will agree with the following characterization of Reverend Gail Hightower (William Faulkner's Light in August). Although Hightower...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013 10:46 pm UTC

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This is an excellent question but one which is difficult to answer. Faulkner often wrote about little people, and Light in August deals with some of his most socially unimportant characters....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2012 7:38 am UTC

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While founded on experienced analysis, critics express their own opinions about literature and literary characters. If you agree with Kazin, then it might be hard to find a rival for the solitary...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2013 9:08 pm UTC

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William Faulkner uses the same setting in Light in August that he does in many of his other novels (including Absalom! Absalom!, Satoris, and The Sound and the Fury). The setting is fictional and...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2013 10:16 pm UTC

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This is a challenging question. My personal opinion is that Christmas is intended to represent the terrible racial problem that has existed in the Deep South since the inception of slavery, and...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2013 9:04 pm UTC

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The ambiguity in the character of Joe Christmas is particularly interesting, in my opinion. Christmas drives a considerable amount of the action in the story, and in his turn he is driven by a...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2013 12:14 am UTC

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I think Faulkner is hard enough to understand without attempting to explain his works by references either to Christian theology or classical mythology. Faulkner was not highly educated. He only...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2013 10:11 pm UTC

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