Light in August | Study Guide

William Faulkner

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Joe Christmas, Chapter 12 know now that what makes a fool is aninability to take even his own good advice. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, University of Virginia Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Sheep Foreshadow the innocent sacrifice of Miss Burden Streets Represent the different journeys and life paths the characters take Fire Symbolizes the clearingout of the old to make wayfor the new Symbols Father of Lena’s unborn child Joe Brown Worker at the mill and choir director; falls in love with Lena Byron Bunch Pregnant young woman searching for her unborn child's father Lena Grove Rejected wanderer with a troubled past; chooses not to belong Joe Christmas Main Characters A winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Faulkner was known for setting the majority of his stories in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in his home state, Mississippi. Faulkner’s works gave a modernist lens to the legacy of slavery that lingered in the South as he experimented with narrative style and time. WILLIAM FAULKNER1897–1962 Author Race and identity determine sense of self and the community’s perception. Race & Identity Being an outsider leads to disconnection from community and society. Alienation & Isolation The ability to grapple with the past dictates how one handles the future. Memory & the Past In 1930s Mississippi, outcast Joe Christmas privately puzzles over his identity because of his ambiguous racial heritage. Then a young, pregnant girl named Lena comes to town in search of her unborn child’s father. Their lives intersect in surprising and devastating ways. The Secretsof the South THEMES English Original Language 1932 Year Published William Faulkner Author Light in August Tragedy Novel

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