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Light in August | Study Guide

William Faulkner

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William Faulkner

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Perspective and Narrator

Light in August is told by an omniscient third-person narrator who conveys the thoughts and feelings of characters across time. However, many characters relate first-person stories through dialogue, which aides in their characterization.


Light in August is told in a mix of present and past tense.

About the Title

Faulkner spoke at the University of Virginia where he said that the title Light in August is about the special "luminosity" in August in Mississippi. "In August in Mississippi," he said, "there's a few days somewhere about the middle of the month when suddenly there's a foretaste of fall, it's cool, there's a lambence, a luminous quality to the light." It reminded him, he said, "of that time, of a luminosity older than our Christian civilization." Light and darkness become contrasting motifs in the novel.


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