Isaac "Ike" McCaslin

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Display Name: 
Isaac "Ike" McCaslin
Sort Name: 
McCaslin, Isaac
AKA: 
Uncle Ike, Ike
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Male
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Alive
Family: 
McCaslin
Family (new): 
Date of Birth: 
Sunday, January 1, 1871 to Wednesday, December 31, 1873
Biography: 

In the Go Down, Moses stories, Isaac McCaslin is the son of Theophilus "Uncle Buck" McCaslin and Sophonsiba Beauchamp, and also widowed and childless. In this magazine version of "Delta Autumn," however, his father is not specifically named, and he is given "children" (274), though like his wife they are now dead. As a result, he does not pass on the McCaslin line. He laments that the hunting grounds recede every generation. He realizes that he and the wilderness share a life span. When progress engulfs all the land, Ike will also enter a "scope free of both time and space" (275). As an older man, "Uncle Ike," he is a significant figure in Yoknapatawpha County. When he was younger, he hunted with some of Jefferson's most influential men: General Compson and Major de Spain. He learned the proper way to hunt and to live with the wilderness from Sam Fathers, the grandson of a Chickasaw chief. Fifty weeks a year he lives in a house in Jefferson, but feels at "home" during the two weeks each year he spends hunting, and trying to mentor the "sons and grandsons" of his old companions (274).

Property Status: 
owns land
owns house
Financial Status: 
controls substantial wealth
Social Status: 
has influential social contacts (family, business, political)
Individual or Group: 
Individual
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