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Faulkner's Light In August The Measure Of A Man

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"Light in August": The Measure of a Man        

One of the most influential people in the world during the past two thousand years may be surprising to some people. He is the center of controversy after controversy; nations have risen and fallen because of his name. Year after year, men and women are persecuted and killed because of their devotion to a man who walked this earth before any of them can even trace their ancestry, Jesus Christ. One might say that Joe Christmas, William Faulkner's unforgettable version of a rebel without a cause, is the complete opposite of Jesus. Yet the main character of Faulkner's 1932 book "Light in August" is not that different from God's Son. There ...view middle of the document...

Faulkner probably made this change because he understood a lot about human nature. He knows that someone perfect would be incapable of committing murder. It is difficult to believe that Jesus would murder anyone, be it his adopted father Joseph or even someone who threatened to kill him first.

A similarity between the two men is the father figures in their life. As was mentioned before, Jesus is God's Son, but His earthly father figure was Joseph of Nazareth. It is the same with Joe Christmas. He doesn't know anything about his real father, but he does have the male influence of Mr. McEachern, who legally adopts Joe from the orphanage, making him as much of his son as he can. "'He will eat my bread and he will observe my religion,' said [McEachern.] 'Why should he not bear my name?'" (p. 136).

This brings up another difference between the two men, which is their knowledge of their heritage. Until a few days before his death, Joe Christmas has no idea who his real parents are. He knows hardly anything about his family history, except that he has negro blood in him; he is a nomad with a muddled past. This ignorance of his origin causes Joe to have an incorrect understanding of the world, at least when he finally leaves the McEachern's. His stepfather will not have hardly anything to do with the outside world, and he doesn't think that Joe needs to have an understanding of the "heathens" that inhabit the earth. Joe is also bitter and resentful towards his adopted family, and does all that he can to discredit their authority in his life. Because of the fact that even if McEachern tried to teach him anything about the world, his son wouldn't listen, Joe is very naive when he sets out on his own. However, this naivete is also what guides him on his path. Joe is a drifter, someone who doesn't know where he's going, and doesn't particularly care. This distinguishes Joe from Jesus. Jesus knows exactly who His Father is, and is deeply attuned to His Father's wishes. In Luke chapter 22 verse 41 (italics: mine), just hours before he is crucified, Jesus prays, "Father, if You are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but Yours be done." Jesus was willing to sacrifice who He was so that His Father could be glorified. Because God created the world (Genesis 1:1, NIV),...

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