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In the novel by William Faulkner Light in August there is alienation in the novelThe alienation occurs with Joe Christmas He is a stranger that comes into the town ofJefferson with a unkonwn past Prior to his arrival he went under the name of LucasBurch Whne Joe Christmas arrives at Jefferson he alienates himeself from almosteverybody for about 2 years His past has taught him to do so with all the bad things thatWe get extended interior monologues from Christmas and the story of his pastoccupies a third or more of the book Despite the amount of information providedChristmas remains hard to comprehend It isnt that he is not what he seems to be Ratherhe seems to be many things but the reader can never be quite certain which of these areChristmas tragedy is that he does not know himself what he is He seems certainthat he is part nigger but there is no reliable evidence that this is true Certainly he lookswhite Christmas moves back and forth between white society and black society Everytime he does so he reveals himself as an outsider In white society he exposes his ownnigger blood in black society he portrays himself as white When he does so he expectsa violent reaction from which he has provoked Being both black and white he cannot trulybe a part of either society Nor can he simply deny this dichotomy Rather as quoted onpage 69 his awareness of this dichotomy makes him take up the role of antagonist in allsituations He is born into a social system which has defined the categories of white andblack and has established rituals for dealing with any behavior by either which depicts animage to the reader of his alienation and difference he is from the rest of the population inJefferson Joe believes in these categories and rituals When a white prostitute is notoutraged by his Negro blood he beats her He expects her to reject him
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