Light in August Setting & Symbolism

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Doane's Mill

Doane's Mill is the tiny town in Alabama where Lena lives with her brother. Her cross-country trek to find Lucas Burch is the first trip she's ever taken away from home.

Miss Burden's House

Miss Burden is born and spends her entire life in this large, colonial style home which pre-dates the civil war. It is here where Christmas finds her one night, after breaking into the kitchen in search of food. The bedroom is the scene of their violent love affair, and ultimately becomes the scene of her murder as well. After she is murdered by Christmas, Brown sets fire to the main house hoping to cover his partner's tracks.

The Cabin

The slave cabin is on Miss Burden's property and is where she allows Joe Christmas to live once they become lovers. Christmas runs his whiskey business using the cabin as headquarters, and when...

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