Jean Toomer’s Cane,1 from which “Blood-Burning Moon” is taken, is a collect of short stories interspersed with poems, which makes up a whole. It is divid. Cane study guide contains a biography of Jean Toomer, literature essays, quiz questions, Cane Summary and Analysis of “Esther” to “Blood-Burning Moon”. An introduction to Blood-Burning Moon by Jean Toomer. Learn about the book and the historical context in which it was written.

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Cambridge University Press, toomed, pp. The fear, the injustice, the evil and the finality are more than she can comprehend, and she loses her mind.

He slapped one hand against his neck. A Critical Evaluation, edited by Therman B. And then he saw the search-lights of the two cars glaring down on him. Louisa, honey, I oughtnt tell y, I feel I oughtnt bliod yo is young an goes t church an I has had other gals, but Louisa I sho do love y.

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Just then, the dogs started barking and the roosters began to crow. Thus, each section of the story is told from what is called a limited omniscient point of view: During this period, black authors such as Toomer, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston received their first widespread recognition and serious critical appraisal. This study guide contains the following sections: After telling Louisa how often he thinks of her and how hard he works, he asks her if the rumors are true about her relationship with Bob.


Beneath a swaying oil lamp, a Negro alternately whipped out at the mule, and fed cane-stalks to the grinder. An anti-lynching crusade also began during this time, under the strong influence of Ida B.

The third and final section of the story opens with Bob Stone leaving his home to meet Louisa. His head settled downward. Shadows of the figures fought each other on the gray dust of the road. The full moon sank upward into the deep purple of the cloud-bank. Answering yelps came from all over the countryside. What way was that? A black and a white male, inseparable enemies, destroy each other over a woman who wants them both.

Some position for him to be in. Bythe Klan also had begun to gain political power in the United States. In the good old days. And her singing had the low murmur of winds in the fig trees.

What would they think if they knew? He seemed rooted there.

The mob divided and flowed around the walls to either side. Chase teaches at Ohio University. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address blodo follow this blog and receive notifications of moln posts by email. Having lived in a rural part of Georgia for a short period of time, Toomer was acutely aware of the threatening circumstances under which African Americans lived in the South.

The ambivalence of attraction and fear manifest in her singing corresponds intimately to the underlying durability and terror that conditions the collective black heart in that story.


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Yanked him up and knocked him to the ground. As Bob Stone sets out to meet Louisa in the cane field, his thoughts reflect the confusion of his feelings for her and the blocks that his racism sets up against the possibility of any tender, human emotion towards her. Its frank and complex depiction of racial conflict in the segregationist South also contrasts sharply with the images of African-American burnign typical in earlier American literaturewhich tended bloood to sentimentalize or to sensationalize the topic.

Jean Toomer was born in Washington, D.

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He too has suffered. Fellows about town were all right, but how about his friends up North? She, too, sings as she thinks about Bob Stone, the younger son of her employers, with whom she has a clandestine relationship, and about Tom Burwell, a black man who works in the fields and has been showing an interest in her. Modernism is a literary movement of burnng first part of the twentieth century that rejected traditional writing styles and tended to be critical of social conventions.

Her powerlessness and the consequences of her naivete become for a moment clear to her and exact a price—her sanity.