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Racial Theme in Faulkner's Light in August One motif that I really noticed was worried during Faulkner's Light in August was the theme of race. Joe Christmas' combined race is a central problem all through the novel. The reader is always brought back into the simple fact that he's half black, especially during his event with Johanna Burden. Johanna (and Faulkner) always makes his democratic status understood while Johanna and Joe are creating love by Johanna's gasping "Negro! Negro! Negro!" (260).) It's intriguing that if Johanna's father believed that the white race has been murdered by the 'White Man's Burden', the duty to help lift the black race into a higher standing, and that blacks could never be on exactly the identical level as whites, and yet she lost her virginity to some half-black man. Why would she wait her entire life, devoting herself to virginity to help the black people, and then suddenly give up herself to a guy her father didn't believe has been worthy? What exactly was it about Joe Christmas that made Johanna want to give herself up to him? Can it be because he was of mixed race which made him such an attract...