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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It drenched the men in circle seated around the stove.

Drag him to the factory. The fear, the injustice, the evil and the finality are more than she can comprehend, and she loses her mind. Perhaps they are all the same woman, archetypal woman, all wearing different faces, but each possessing an identifiable aspect of womanhood.

As Houston Baker explains, most writing about African Americans in the s fell into one of two categories. My bales will buy yo what y gets from white folks now. The taut hum rose to a low roar.

Though both love Louisa, neither accepts the truth that she has an alternate lover. Seems like th love I feels fo yo done stole m tongue. The full moon, an evil thing, an omen, soft showering the homes of folks she knew. Damned if they did, or he wouldnt have to duck around so.

Bob’s blind rushing made him stumble over it. When he finally continues on to his meeting place with Louisa she is not there, and he concludes that she is with Tom Burwell.

For Tom, too, dominance and control are essential to his sense of identity. During those months, Toomer developed a new feeling for his African-American roots, especially through his burnijg with poor people who worked in the cotton and cane fields.


As she walks home from her job, she anticipates her usual meeting with Bob in the canefield, even as she imagines that Tom will soon propose marriage to her.

He circled the fringe of the glowing. Interwoven with the issues of racism are issues of class and gender, especially as they relate to the African-American struggle for survival in the aftermath of slavery. Its pressure, its momentum was too great. This organization was dedicated to a belief in white supremacy. This movement became known as the Harlem Renaissance. The contrast was repulsive to him.

Who ever heard of being afraid of a nigger? His head settled downward. Negro women improvised songs against its spell.

“Blood-Burning Moon” by Jean Toomer

At any rate, the full moon in the great bloood was an omen which she must sing to: Much as their background and social expectations differ, they are bound together because they love the same woman. He’d like to see one try. All the stories in this first section take place in the rural South, usually with an African-American woman as the focus.

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Her skin was the color of oak leaves on young trees in fall. All the stories in this first section take place in the rural South, usually with an African-American woman bpood the focus.

View the Study Pack. Her breasts, firm and up-pointed like ripe acorns. In describing Louisa, Toomer begins. And all around the air was heavy with the scent of boiling cane.

His father, a Georgia planter, left his mother shortly after he was born. Because Tom works all day in the fields, he has little time to spend with her or even to show his feelings for her. But the song Louisa sings in return, although meant to imply her positive response burnig Tom, is also the portent of his death:.


After Bob challenges Tom to a knife fight in front of Louisa, Tom slashes the throat of the white man. Singers in the town were silenced.

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Bob drove through the cane and out again upon the road. Because he maintains the belief in his right to possess Louisa sexually, he is outraged yoomer the possibility that Tom has been with her.

Cane-roots took the fever from his hands. Indolently, she tried to fix upon Bob or Tom as the cause of it.

Then nothing could be heard but the flop of their feet in the thick dust of the road. Voices of the Harlem Renaissance, an anthology of African-American poetry, fiction, drama, and art. He slapped one hand against his neck. Newer Post Older Post Home. And Tom’s proposal ubrning she felt on its way blkod her could be indefinitely put off.

More recently, however, critics have sought to identify Cane with the Modernist movement, which began shortly after World War I when writers and burjing began to create works that broke away from traditional literary forms and that rejected Western civilization and culture, often in response to the disillusionment caused by moln destruction and devastation of the World War.

Thus how can she comprehend when the past crashes together with the present before her? The big man shoved him through the door.