Burden Graveyard in Light in August (Location)

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Display Label: 
Burden Gravesite
Type: 
Cemetery
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Context (text, as interpreted)
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1025
Y: 
781
Description: 

Joanna's family lies buried is a hidden graveyard "on a cedar knoll in the pasture a half mile from the house" (248). Her father Nathaniel created it when he buried her half-brother and grandfather there in secret after they were killed by Colonel John Sartoris, to prevent the white men of Jefferson from disturbing their bodies. When Joanna is four, Nathaniel takes her to this grove. Although she didn't know "what was in there," she doesn't want to enter it (252). There, standing beside the graves of her grandfather, brother, and mother (as well as Juana, Nathaniel's first wife, for whom she is named), her father tells her that she cannot escape "the white race's doom and curse for its sins" (252).

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Built

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