In Chapter 1 (I think), Faulkner writes a line about peoples' names and how they actually stood for more than something you call someone by. He seems to put a lot of importance on the names of characters throughout the book. I was wondering what everyone thought was the importance of the characters' names. Joe Christmas is an interesting one. The events that happen to him throughout the book give the exact opposite of the happiness Christmas brings. I was interested as to why his name is Christmas--irony, maybe--and if there is any significance as to why both he and Joe Brown go by Joe.