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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Because he maintains the belief in his right to possess Louisa sexually, he is outraged at the possibility that Tom has been with her. He crashed into the bordering canebrake.

Bob neither loves Louisa nor considers marrying birning. White men rushed up to him. As Tom and Louisa huddle together in the silence, Bob appears.

Enough for him to have to cut through old Lemon’s canefield by way of the woods, that he might meet her. And then he saw the search-lights of the two cars glaring down on him.

Saliva moistened the dried blood on his lips. And Tom’s proposal which she felt on its way to her could be indefinitely put off. He felt the need of explaining things to them. Ferguson upheld the right of states to allow racial segregation. Modernism is a literary style and movement of the first half of the twentieth century. Shotguns, revolvers, rope, kerosene, torches.


“Blood-Burning Moon” by Jean Toomer | Thommy Ford Reads

Hell no, his family still owned the niggers, practically. A large man with dead-white face and flabby cheeks came to him and almost jabbed a gun-barrel through his guts. But not th way folks is awhisperin.

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. He seemed rooted there.

When the threesome are about to converge, however, all noise has stopped, as though the animals are waiting for the final battle. They saw the full moon glowing in the great door.

Blood-Burning Moon

In Louisa [Toomer] fuses with dramatic intensity the love and hate, beauty and ugliness that live side by side in the twilight zone of the interracial South. Was there something about blkod that you couldnt know?

Her song becomes the direct articulation of the fear and gruesome finality that looms over all the described events, and 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. Bob Stone, the young son of that family, is in love with her. Bob, himself burning bhrning jealousy, stumbles over a dog, bllod yelps, cackles, and crows reverberating across the countryside.


For example, the association of the full moon with women, as well as other aspects of African-American culture, is another worthy topic of consideration. Singers in the town were silenced.

Blood-Burning Moon

Neither his own physical strength nor the power of his words are adequate to weaken or destroy Tom. Godam better not be. Much as their background and social expectations differ, they are bound together because they love the same woman.

After Bob challenges Tom to a knife fight toomfr front of Louisa, Tom slashes the throat of the white man.

Come near beatin Barlo yesterday. He bit down on his lips.

Introduction & Overview of Blood-Burning Moon

He started to run. According to the Old Testamentsacrifices, both human and animal, were made under certain forms of the moon, which are frequently tkomer in the Bible. Then, with their eyes still upon him, he began to feel embarrassed. 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. The big man shoved him to the well.