Light in August Questions
Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
- Joe Christmas is repeatedly likened to Christ – what do you make of all of these comparisons? Is Joe Christmas a martyr figure?
- What is Percy Grimm's role in the novel? What aspect of southern history might he represent?
- How are womanhood and female sexuality depicted in the novel?
- Much of Light in August is told through flashbacks. What effect does this have on the reading experience?
- What role does religion play in the novel? Are there competing versions of Christianity in the book and, if so, how do they differ from one another?