One constantly reappearing theme in the life of Joe Christmas in Light in August is the element of race. He appears mostly white, but is still part black, and this plays a major role not only in how people react to him, but also in how he reacts to others. This is where I was most intrigued. He clearly is not really sure how to treat his racial predicament. On page 225, Faulkner demonstrates one such moment of uncertainty and change in mentality, saying that "sometimes he would remember how he had once tricked or teased white men into calling him a negro in order to fight them, to beat them or be beaten; now he fought the negro who called him white." This fascinated me because it showed such a major shift in how he identifies himself, yet it is not a full or permanent shift. Throughout the rest of the book, he still seems to struggle with whether he feels he belongs in a black or white community. Considering how serious race was as an issue in that era, being uncertain of one's race seems not only difficult, but also both unusual and socially problematic.