Resurrection In Faulkner's Light In August

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People think, feel, and believe. Whether people believe in something intangible or tangible does not matter. It is more important to note that people believe in something, anything as it gives them hope. Usually, people have some kind of faith in religion, a major part of society. Christians, most dominant religious group in the world, tell the story of crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his holy resurrection repeatedly in church, emphasizing the importance of the two. The current Easter Day celebration, a silly day embedded in American culture celebrated with chocolate bunnies and colorfully decorated eggs, continues to hide the true significance of the day--celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection. Likewise, in Light in August, William Faulkner …show more content…
Mrs. Hines sees Lena’s baby, she acts as if the baby is Joe Christmas: “‘It’s Joey”, “It’s my Milly’s little boy’”(Faulkner 439). Mrs.Hines insanity begins to bring confusion about Lena’s child. It may just be a deja vu of giving birth, or in a deeper level proposing the idea of Joe’s rebirth. The resurrection may be suggesting that Joe deserves a second life with better treatment without racial discrimination under a loving family. If Lena’s birth were actually supposed to represent the resurrection, it seems a bit odd that Lena’s birth of her child comes before Joe Christmas’ death because that’ll mean that the chronological order of crucifixion and resurrection is switched around. Joe’s death should come before Lena’s childbirth to her baby, but her childbirth occurs first. However, Faulkner moves forward and backward in time continuously in the novel that it feels as if Joe’s death happened first, before Lena gives birth. So, by placing death and birth out of the actual order, Faulkner resolves this issue. Lena and Byron’s happy ending at the end of the book portrays Lena, Byron, and the baby as one happy family, “ in that truck, with him by her now and the baby”, showing the ray of hope (Faulkner 559). Similarly, Jesus acts as a ray of hope: “In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” (Holy Bible: NIV, 1 Peter.

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