Structure of "Light in August" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Structure of "Light in August"
An analysis of the structure of Faulkner's novel, "Light in August".
# 35287 | 900 words | 1 source | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Sep 25, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)


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This paper examines the structure of "Light in August", which results in numerous unfathomable motivations and questions regarding Joe's life. The paper provides examples to demonstrate how the novel is structured in the manner of flashbacks that provides an interplay between the current and past lives of each character. The paper explains that not only must the reader anticipate the action of the immediate future, but the past also remains unresolved.

From the Paper:

"The structure of "Light in August" can only be described as disjointed. A pattern is observed of continual juxtaposition between past and present, so that three distinct but interconnected narratives emerge. As Faulkner introduces each character, the reader is led into a retrospective view of his or her past. The novel is structured in the manner of flashbacks, and an interplay between the current and past lives of each character. Not only must the reader anticipate the action of the immediate future, but the past also remains unresolved.
"As an example, in Chapter 2, Joe Christmas is living in the dilapidated cabin behind Mrs. Burden's house. In that chapter there is the ironic mention of "a foreknowledge of something now irrevocable, not to be recalled...that out here at the mill alone on a Saturday afternoon he would be where the chance to do hurt or harm could not have found him" (Faulkner 50). The cabin is not mentioned again until Chapter 13."

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