Light in August Topics for Discussion

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Why does Byron know he can count on Hightower's help despite Hightower's insistence that he does not want to get involved? Use examples from the narrative to explain.

Of all the injustices committed against young Joe Christmas, which do you think most shaped his character? Why?

Cite at least three examples of how Christmas is sacrificed by society. Cite three more examples of how Christmas contributes to his own demise, omitting the obvious example of the murder.

Discuss the ways in which Christmas is prejudiced against African-Americans. How does this prejudice contribute to his self-hatred?

Why does Christmas take such perverse pleasure in throwing both his foster-mother's and Miss Burden's food against the wall? Why does he resent the women afterwards for the fact that he chose to go hungry?

The author suggests that Hightower may be homosexual, and demonstrates that regardless of his sexual orientation, Hightower...

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