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The in-between role of Gail Hightower in William Faulkner's Light in August

Abstract : This study deals with William Faulkner's Light in August, especially with the role of the character Gail Hightower. Divided in three parts, this thesis presents, firstly, Hightower's process of characterization and his role of mediator in the plot. Secondly, we analyze the character's thematic role along directly linked to his retreat in the fictional world of Jefferson. Finally, we try to establish a connection between Hightower's last chapter with the conceptions of mise en abyme and metatextuality. This study aims, ultimately, in demonstrating that the defrocked minister plays an ambiguous role of outcast and of mediator, remaining between plots and characters. Through Hightower, Faulkner was able to convey his opinions on religion and on the decadent South, too attached to its glorious and romanticized past.
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Marcos de Araujo Oliveira. The in-between role of Gail Hightower in William Faulkner's Light in August. Literature. 2010. ⟨dumas-00710590⟩



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