Study Guide

Light in August Characters

Joe Christmas

Joe Christmas is the closest to a protagonist that we have in Light in August. He is a young man...

Joanna Burden

The daughter of an abolitionist family, Miss Burden has lived in Jefferson for over forty years....

Reverend Gail Hightower

Hightower is haunted by his family's past. The son of a Civil War medic and the grandson of a...

Byron Bunch

Bunch is characterized by his Christian work ethic and moral values. Refusing a life of wild...

Lena Grove

If Miss Burden represents one kind of typical Faulkner lady (the old Southern spinster) then Lena...

Joe Brown

The father of Lena's baby, Joe Brown is a rakish kind of guy with little moral fiber. He boozes,...

Simon McEachern

Christmas's foster father, Simon McEachern, is a strict, stern man who's deeply associated with a...

Percy Grimm

In Percy Grimm, Faulkner said that he "created a Nazi" (source: William Faulkner: The House...

Bobbie Allen

Bobbie is a waitress at a local diner who also moonlights as a prostitute. Joe Christmas loses...

Miss Atkins

A paranoid, racist dietician at a white orphanage, Miss Atkins is responsible for placing Joe...