Poem: War is Not Far

War is Not Fair Do not mourn, soldier, for war is not fair. A large IED is planted by the roadside. It waits patiently for a Humvee or a Bradley. Caring not who is inside or whose life will be destroyed. It cares not that you are there as a volunteer trying to give them… Continue reading Poem: War is Not Far

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fifteen

Chapter fifteen gives us an excellent presentation of a religious fanatic. By presenting him as the town sees him, Faulkner gives “Uncle Doc” HinesĀ  character qualities of a freak, a fanatic, a vile type of segregationist, and a pathetic weakling. Even though old Doc Hines is not identified in this chapter as Joe’s grandfather, the… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fifteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fourteen

Since Joe Christmas felt the need to kill Joanna out of a need to keep his individuality and since he could no longer run from his own self, it is now significant that after the murder, he makes no attempt to escape. He never leaves the surrounding countryside through which he wanders trying to come… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Fourteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Thirteen

Chapter thirteen handles the town’s reaction to the crime before we see, in the next chapter, Joe’s own actions following his crime. Hightower’s reactions in this chapter are central to understanding his character. Notice that when Byron Bunch discusses Lena’s fate with him, Hightower refuses to offer his house as a refuge for her. He… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Thirteen

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Twelve

Chapter twelve is the central chapter of the novel. It relates events which were only hinted at in the first chapter when Lena Grove arrived in town and saw the column of smoke. Remember that earlier we learned that Joe Christmas had killed Joanna Burden. The next several chapters had provided the impetus and settings… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Twelve

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Eleven

Joe’s fundamental need to reject everything from women is exposed in his association with Joanna. We find out that even though Joanna leaves him food, he still prefers to steal it. While he has already seduced her, he prefers to abuse her anew each time. With these violent acts, Joe is asserting his maleness. He… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Eleven

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Ten

The years connecting Joe’s eighteenth year and the time when he emerges in Jefferson are covered somewhat quickly. We gain knowledge that he has rambler about the country in ever-expanding circles. He is thirty-three when he shows up in Jefferson, symbolically, the age of Christ when He was crucified. The reader should be conscious of… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Ten

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nine

Joe’s harsh assault against McEachern represents all the antagonism that he has felt for years. It also represents his youthful desire to protect the woman with whom he has been sleeping, especially when she has just been attacked by McEachern. The most import event in this chapter is Bobbie’s abrupt disloyalty of Joe. She was… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Nine

Summary: Light in August – Chapter Eight

Chapter eight moves back a bit in time. Chapter seven involved McEachern’s discovery of the suit. In chapter eight, Joe remembers the actions leading up to his buying the suit, that is, his meeting and affair with Bobbie Allen. Joe was attracted to Bobbie because she had a petite, tough, almost male figure. This emphasizes… Continue reading Summary: Light in August – Chapter Eight