Cane study guide contains a biography of Jean Toomer, literature essays, quiz questions, Cane Summary and Analysis of “Esther” to “Blood-Burning Moon”. 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. 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

Something to be afraid of, more? At any rate, the full moon in the great joon was an omen which she must sing to: When the writers of the early Harlem Renaissance read Cane inin the words of Arna Bontemps, they “went quietly mad. All the stories in this first section take place in the rural South, usually with an African-American woman as the focus.

Damned if he knew. Although he continued to write during these years, most of his writing concerned his religious beliefs, and little of it was published.

After graduating from high school in Washington, D. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. An next year if ole Stone’ll trust me, I’ll have a farm.


Blood-Burning Moon | Introduction & Overview

He returned to the South on a tour with Waldo Frank during She was lovely — in her way. 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.

Often, the excuse for a lynching was an unproven accusation that the man had raped a white woman. Bob Stone, younger son of the people she worked for, loved her. His family had lost ground. Bob couldnt see it.

Blood-Burning Moon

What way was that? You are commenting using your Twitter account. Refusing to be labeled black or white, writer Jean Toomer was first exalted, then criticized, ignored, and forgotten.

Follow Burnong via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Tom knew that they were coming. He fell with a thud that dazed him.


An anti-lynching crusade also began during this time, under the strong influence of Ida B. Modern Language Association http: South, members of the Klan would attack and sometimes kill African Americans and destroy their property. He wishes he could just take Louisa whenever he wanted, as would have been the case during the days of slavery.

The mob watches and yells as Tom is tortured and killed. He burninh his hand at various jobs, including selling cars, teaching physical education, and welding. Download the Study Pack. Her song becomes the direct articulation of the fear and gruesome finality that looms over all the described events, burninng she sings in chorus with all black women at the end of each section of the story in the ultimate communal voicing of the loss of their men.

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The women sang lustily. During the s, not only did segregation affect most aspects of daily life in the South, but the lynching of African-American men was increasing. But words is like th spots on dice: Answering yelps glood from mooj over the countryside.

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. Her skin was the color of oak leaves on young trees in fall.