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The excerpt chosen describes the landscape which surrounds Gail Hightower and the way in which he responds to it Also the passage shows the reasons for the way he is and the life he leads The themes of landscape and identity are clearly shown and they intertwine to create an environment that is somewhat forlorn lonely and entirely one of isolation Firstly I shall have to say a bit about the man being analyzed Gail Hightower He was a Presbyterian priest who had moved to Jefferson to become the parish priest The relationship that he shared with his wife was essentially one of bitterness and a lack of love She used to go to Memphis and have affairs there until someone threw her out of a window However there were rumours that Hightower had either killed her or that she had committed suicide Soon after and even before his wifes death the community ostracized Hightower He was obsessed with cavalrymen mainly his grandfather horses and the Civil War The only things he preached upon the pulpit were these topics His divine rapture and his apparent love of this violence made him lose his priesthood pride and even his entire congregation Hightowers identity is reflected within the environment in which he lives It is mentioned in lines 7 and 8 that the house in which he lives is hidden almost entirely from the street lamp So hidden it is that the light from the corner street lamp scarcely touches it The way I interpret this is that Gail Hightower is a man who hides from the light and from the truth Like his house he prefers to be in the background and not a part of the outside world as such The only part of the bungalow that is exposed is the part where his study window is located It is his only access to the outer world and to civilization ie mentally Physically he comes
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