Faulkner's novel treats many themes of the US South – sex, violence, racism, fanatical religion, and mob-action. Kinder traits are there too, by way of strangers who offer support to a pregnant woman making her way as an outcast in search of the absconding father of her baby.
The novel is said to be about racism as a primary theme. If so, a line by Joe Christmas is pertinent when Miss Burden tells him how her grandparents’ graves were hidden to prevent the locals from digging up the Northern intruders and expurging them from Southern soil: “Just when do men that have different blood in them stop hating one another?” Strange to say, medically there is no way to tell the external colour of skin (black, brown, copper, white, or yellow) from the blood inside.
(a) Concisely interpret the meaning of the quotation from the novel (beginning of Ch 6):
Memory believes before knowing remembers. Believes longer than recollects, longer than knowing even wonders.
(b) Apply it with a brief explanation to any two characters from the novel who seem to exemplify whatever you understand by the above quotation.
Several figures in the novel seem isolated to a greater or lesser extent: Lena Grove, Joe Christmas, Byron Brunch, Gail Hightower, Joanna Burden, and more.
Consider any two and explain
(a) the nature of their isolation,
(b) the cause of their isolation, and
(c) whether they try to change.