Light in August by William Faulkner is a story about three character’s lives-Joe Christmas, Lena Grove, and Rev. Gail Hightower- blended together to show the consistent struggles. A theme of Light in August, a man’s past experiences mold his present and future, is concentrated on Joe Christmas and his racial identity.
Joe Christmas is perhaps the most controversial character in Light in August. He is labeled as a victim because of his plights
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the white race for his problems. By the time he is arrested for killing Joanna Burden, he is so confused about his own identity that he doesn’t know why he killed her. The town just uses the excuse that he has “black blood,” the root of all Christmas’s problems. Because Christmas had a black father and made some mistakes, his future is ruined.
Faulkner, William. Light in August. Vintage International, New York;1959