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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“Blood-Burning Moon” by Jean Toomer

The third and final section of the story opens with Bob Stone leaving his home to meet Louisa. Its pressure, its momentum was too great. They also victimized whites who sympathized openly moon African Americans and supported equal rights. Her breasts, firm and up-pointed like ripe acorns. The work is enigmatic and esoteric, say most readers. In this way, Toomer clearly implicates white supremacy and its threatened dissolution by an increasingly vital community of African Americans as the reason for the violence in the South.

The scent of cane came from the copper pan and drenched the forest and the hill that sloped to factory town, beneath its fragrance. Tom Burwell is the African-American man who loves Louisa, a kitchen maid in tooner house of the Stone family. The mob was silent. Glowing like a fired pine-knot, it illumined the great door and soft showered the Negro shanties aligned along the single street of factory town.


When that is unsuccessful, Bob tries a verbal challenge: The full moon in the great door was an omen. Louisa came down into factory town and sank wearily upon the step before her bloodd. Bob stumbles away feverishly and throws himself on jeean ground.

Bob Stone, the youngest son of a white planter, has an affair with Louisa, a black woman who works for his family as a servant. Bob Stone pales and purples simultaneously; the whiter he gets the darker he gets.

He has lost his power to either control or seduce her; and, furthermore, he has been replaced by Tom. Yet, Bob also knows that his seduction and sexual possession of Louisa is not absolute and indisputable as it was under slavery, nor is it now socially acceptable. The six short stories in Part I of Cane are set in rural locations, often in the cane fields; the seven prose sketches in Part II are set in Washington D.

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But the song Louisa sings in return, although meant to imply her positive response to Tom, is also the portent of his death:.


It fluttered like a dying thing, down the single street of factory town. Within the Harlem community, a small but influential group of mostly college-educated intellectuals strove to encourage racial pride among African Americans.

An next year if ole Stone’ll trust me, I’ll have a farm. Stench of burning flesh soaked the air. He reached the path that led to factory town. Answering yelps came from all over the countryside. Cambridge University Press,pp.

Bob is ready to defend his woman in the same way that the antebellum white gentry would defend the purity of a belle. Perhaps Tom Burwell would come.

You are commenting using your WordPress. The full moon, an evil thing, an omen, soft showering the homes of folks she knew. A stake was sunk into the ground. The mob pressed in from the sides. After World War Ithere had been a large migration of rural Southern African Americans to large Northern cities in search of employment.

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