Joe Christmas’s racial identity plays a key role in isolating him from society. Christmas’s true identity remains unknown and he is unable to recognize himself. Throughout the novel, he continues to struggle to live in society due to his unawareness of his own identity. In the novel, Light in August, Christmas was called a “negro” by the children at the orphanage: “They have been calling him Nigger for years. Sometimes…children have a way of knowing that grown people…don’t see” (16). At breakfast time, the dietician discovered that both the janitor and the child were missing. The police were immediately notified when she saw that the side door was unlocked, to which the janitor had a ...
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