Burden Place in Light in August (Location)

Location Key: 
Display Label: 
Burden Place
Type: 
Mansion
Authority : 
Faulkner map
Other Texts Location Appears In: 
X: 
979
Y: 
842
Description: 

The Burdens are abolitionists who come to Yoknapatawpha during Reconstruction to work for the rights of newly emancipated slaves. Nonetheless, the home they move into is an "old colonial plantation house" at the center of an antebellum slave plantation (36). Now Joanna, the last surviving member of the family, lives there alone, "in a lonely house in a neighborhood populated, when at all, by negroes" (258). The entire property has fallen into decay even before the big house burns to the ground. When Byron Bunch looks over it near the end of the novel he sees that "the plantation is broken now by random negro cabins and garden patches and dead fields erosiongutted and choked with blackjack and sassafras and persimmon and brier" - though the stately oaks that shade the plantation's mansion house "still stand" (425). Located "a half mile from the house" is the family cemetery nestled in a grouping of cedar trees (248); much closer is the former slave cabin in which Christmas and Brown live, and where Byron Bunch takes Lena Grove, whose baby is born there: these Locations have separate entries.

Role: 
Site of Event
Status: 
Destroyed

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