Table 9: Constructing a Deductive Argument, Light in August

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Table 9:  Constructing a Deductive Argument, Light in August

 1.  Premise The role of Burch within the novel, as a revealer of truth, contradicts Faulkner’s construction of Christmas.
 2.  Premise  As creator-narrator, Faulkner uses Burch to classify Christmas, to reveal his racial heredity.
 3.  Conclusion These contradictions represent a double consciousness in Faulkner that illustrates his inability to reconcile the nature of his character, Joe Christmas, with that of the nature of society, to include his perspective.
 4.  Conclusion In this instance, Faulkner’s double consciousness is a weakness because it involves a dual depiction of Christmas’s struggle with identity and the other members’ preservation of social norms.

As you now see that in removing the first three conclusions, we do not have any real example to which to refer. We need textual evidence of a relevant example in order to make sure that “These contradictions” refers to something specific. Any example within Faulkner’s work that reflects Christmas’s self-perception and what Burch perceives will be sufficient enough to make our case here.

It is not necessary to go into detail and add the example here because within Faulkner’s novel you can easily find any example of “perceptions” of Christmas, what characters say about his mulatto skin, and the racial epithets the townspeople use to refer to him in contrast to “what” Christmas considers himself to be within the context of the work.

Click here for Table 7: Exercise in Deductive/Inductive Reasoning, Light in August.

Click here for Table 8: Deductive Reasoning for the Last Conclusion (Essay), Light in August.

Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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