Hoke Christian

Display Name: 
Hoke Christian
Sort Name: 
Christian, Hoke
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Middle Class
Rank: 
Peripheral
Vitality: 
Dead
Occupation: 
Sales and Service
Specific Job: 
Drugstore Owner
Biography: 

Hoke Christian, Uncle Willy's father, opened the drugstore that Willy still owns before the Civil War. Faulkner may intend Hoke to represent an example of the old southern aristocracy that has degenerated since that war was lost, but it's hard to be certain about his social status. In addition to his business, he owned at least one slave, Job, and slave-owning is a characteristic of Yoknapatawpha's upper class families. Talking about Hoke's son Willy, Mrs. Merridew refers to "that position in the world which his family's name entitled him to" (232). But Mrs. Merridew herself is by no means a member of Jefferson's elite, and the story regularly subverts her judgments. In several other texts Faulkner calls the roll of Yoknapatawpha's leading citizens, the Sartorises and Compsons and McCaslins and so on; he never includes the name "Christian" among them. Nor are any of these families identified with store-keeping. For these reasons we identify Hoke as middle class.

Property Status: 
owns house
owns slaves
owns business
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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