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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Louisa was driven back. He also becomes both embarrassed and indignant when he thinks about the possibility of trying to explain the relationship to his Northern friends.

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.

Except for irregular breathing, one would have thought him already dead.

Tom bound to the stake. Till some one said something about Louisa and Bob Stone, about the silk stockings she must have gotten from him. Bob is able to stumble back to the white part of town and tell the townfolk who knifed him.


Modernism is a literary style and movement of the first half of the twentieth century.

They saw the full moon glowing in the great door. Their songs were cotton-wads to stop their ears.


Tom beats him easily, then fatally slashes him with a razor when Bob pulls a knife, securing the ultimate victory that in turn seals his own fate. Bob sprang to his feet. Notify me budning new comments via email. Against the tough thickness of his own, hers felt soft and small.

Then, with their eyes still upon him, he began to feel embarrassed. His life underwent a profound change during the fall ofwhen he ran a small school in Sparta, Georgia. He collapsed in their arms.

Jean Toomer was born in Washington, D. Howard University Press,pp. 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 moon works in the fields and has been showing an interest in her. Blood began to flow.

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.

He circled the fringe of the glowing. He was about to skirt the clearing when he heard his own name mentioned.


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Talking to them didnt tell you anything — unless it was gossip, unless they wanted to talk. Blood of th old uns in his veins. A strange stir was in her. This division of the story into three parts, each of which ends with the same refrain, is reminiscent of the structure of folksongs and ballads.

He heard the voices of the men circled around it. Steam came from the copperboiling pan. By the early s, the South was segregated with respect to housing, education, medical care, religious institutions, and within public buildings. Louisa works as a domestic servant in the Stone family household, while Tom works ubrning a field hand for the same family.

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He bit down on his lips. Chickens woke up and cackled.

Segregation and Jim Crow laws are still in effect, and white supremacy shapes and threatens the lives of the African-American members of the community.