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The book is divided into three parts: the first two contain short stories and poetry, while the third part consists of a loosely-structured play that is sometimes considered a short story. All the stories in this first section take place in the rural South, usually with an African-American woman as the focus. For the most part, they take place at dusk and outdoors, often in the cane fields.
It tells the story of the conflict between Bob Stone, a white man, and Tom Burwell, an African American, who are rivals for the affection of Louisa, a light-skinned African-American woman.
After Bob challenges Tom to a knife fight in front of Louisa, Tom slashes the throat of the white man. Bob is able to stumble back to the white part of town and tell the townfolk who knifed him.
A mob of white men immediately lynch Tom by tying him to a stake and burning him. He lived in the home of his maternal grandfather, P. Pinchback, a prominent black Louisiana politician of the Reconstruction era and a former U. His father, a Georgia planter, left his mother shortly after he was born. Soon afterwards, the Pinchbacks experienced heavy financial losses, requiring the family to move to a modest African-American neighborhood.
His experience living in both black and white society offered him an unusual perspective on racial identity. Because of these, my position in America is a curious one. He attended several colleges and universities , studying subjects from agriculture to history.
He tried his hand at various jobs, including selling cars, teaching physical education, and welding. While living in New York City in and he was active in the Greenwich Village literary circle, making the acquaintance of writers such as Edwin Arlington Robinson and Waldo Frank. His life underwent a profound change during the fall of , when he ran a small school in Sparta, Georgia. During those months, Toomer developed a new feeling for his African-American roots, especially through his encounters with poor people who worked in the cotton and cane fields.
As he listened to their folk songs and spirituals, he was deeply moved. He returned to the South on a tour with Waldo Frank during His experiences in the South inspired much of his book Cane. Toomer spent the summer of at the Gurdjieff Institute in Fontainebleau, France. He continued to be involved with Gurdjieff and his movement until , when he renounced Gurdjieff and converted to Quakerism. Although he continued to write during these years, most of his writing concerned his religious beliefs, and little of it was published.
Toomer died in , two years before the republication of Cane and the subsequent revival of interest in his work. Louisa, a black woman, is walking home from her job as a domestic servant for a white family, the Stones.
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 who works in the fields and has been showing an interest in her. Louisa finally arrives home and sits down on the front step.
Blood-burning moon. Tom becomes irate when someone suggests that Louisa received a gift of silk stockings from Bob. They run into the woods when Tom pulls a knife. After telling Louisa how often he thinks of her and how hard he works, he asks her if the rumors are true about her relationship with Bob. As the old woman sings, Louisa and Tom join her.
Eventually, the whole street is singing the refrain mentioned at the end of Part 1. The third and final section of the story opens with Bob Stone leaving his home to meet Louisa. He thinks about his family and how they might react if they knew of his relationship with Louisa.
He wishes he could just take Louisa whenever he wanted, as would have been the case during the days of slavery. Bob stumbles away feverishly and throws himself on the ground. When he finally continues on to his meeting place with Louisa she is not there, and he concludes that she is with Tom Burwell. He sets out for factory town. On his way, he stumbles over a dog. When the dog yelps, animals awaken and begin to yelp, cackle, or crow.
Singers in town become silent. As Tom and Louisa huddle together in the silence, Bob appears. He lunges at Tom twice, and each time Tom easily knocks him to the ground. When Bob persists, Tom begins beating him, and Bob pulls a knife. As Bob staggers toward the white part of town, those who witnessed the fight go into their houses, except for Louisa and Tom. When Bob reaches Broad Street, he collapses in the arms of the white men. A mob quickly gathers and heads toward the factory town, where they grab Tom, tie his wrists and drag him into the deserted cotton mill.
There, they tie him to a stake, pile wood around him, and burn him alive. The mob watches and yells as Tom is tortured and killed. Meanwhile, Louisa is still on her front step, but she is not aware of the noise.
Because Tom works all day in the fields, he has little time to spend with her or even to show his feelings for her. When Bob Stone challenges him, Tom easily kills the other man. Tom is burned to death by a white mob immediately after the fight.
Louisa Louisa is a light-skinned African-American woman who is loved by both Tom Burwell, a black field hand, and Bob Stone, son of the white planter who employs her.
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. She seems to have not been honest with either man regarding her interactions with the two of them.
Thus, when Tom shows up at her home and questions her about Bob, she avoids answering him directly. Bob Stone 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.
He is killed in a confrontation with her black suitor, Tom Burwell. As a member of a Southern white family that once owned slaves, he feels that he has the right to enjoy a sexual relationship with an African-American woman who is also a domestic servant in his household.
Nonetheless he becomes embarrassed when he thinks about how his mother, sister, or his friends up North would react if they knew about his relationship with her. Particularly irksome to him is the thought that Louisa may have been intimate with Tom. Research the anti-lynching crusade that attempted to get federal legislation passed. In addition to Ida B. Wells, who else was involved?
What finally happened to the movement? Research the ways in which segregation was practiced in the South during the s and s. In what other ways might Louisa and Tom have experienced segregation during this period? Explore symbolic meanings given to the moon in African American folktales and culture.
Stone nostalgically recalls the days of slavery, when a white master could have any black woman he chose. No nigger had ever been with his girl. Some position for him to be in.
Him, Bob Stone, of the old Stone family, in a scrap with a nigger over a nigger girl. In the good old days. Those were the days. Instead, they immediately set off to torture, burn, and kill Tom.
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. Nigger way. What way was that? Damned if he knew. Beautiful nigger gal. Why nigger? Why not, just gal? No, it was because she was nigger that he went to her. He went in as a master should and took her. Instead of seeking an assignation in a cane field, he comes to her doorstep, respectfully confesses his love, and sits holding her hand.
Bob Stone defines himself largely in terms of his ability to dominate black people. Ultimately, possession of Louisa and dominance of Tom are so essential to his sense of who he is that he risks and loses his life trying to enforce them. For Tom, too, dominance and control are essential to his sense of identity. The mere suggestion that the woman he has chosen might prefer another man leads him to pull a knife on Will Manning, and he tells Louisa that he has already knifed two men for making the same sort of suggestion.
His need to dominate places him in an impossible dilemma when Bob Stone confronts him. To back down meekly in front of Louisa would be contrary to everything he is, but to fight a white man means certain death. 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. Within this historical and social context, the events and eventual conflict between Tom Burwell and Bob Stone take place during the early evening hours while the full moon—an evil omen in African-American folklore—is rising.
This also adds to the sinister and foreboding atmosphere that pervades the story. Point of View The story is told in the third person, from the perspective of each of the three main characters in turn. In addition to the belief that the full moon represents an evil omen, several other folkloric beliefs about the moon lend it symbolic significance in the story.
Blood Burning Moon
Louisa has no last name, which signifies that she has not taken on a name of the master or she is just any Negro woman. After bob-1 and Tom discovered each others1 lust for Louisa, a fight breaks out in which Bobs throat get slashed. Bob, a white man, was able to stumble back to the white side of town to tell others. An extreme racist mob formed quickly to lynch Tom and burned him at the stake. Throughout the story, the author accentuates racism, love and passion, imagery and Toms getting lynched.
Essay on Natural Symbolism in "Blood-Burning Moon"
The book is divided into three parts: the first two contain short stories and poetry, while the third part consists of a loosely-structured play that is sometimes considered a short story. All the stories in this first section take place in the rural South, usually with an African-American woman as the focus. For the most part, they take place at dusk and outdoors, often in the cane fields. It tells the story of the conflict between Bob Stone, a white man, and Tom Burwell, an African American, who are rivals for the affection of Louisa, a light-skinned African-American woman. After Bob challenges Tom to a knife fight in front of Louisa, Tom slashes the throat of the white man. Bob is able to stumble back to the white part of town and tell the townfolk who knifed him.
Up from the skeleton stone walls, up from the rotting floor boards and the solid hand-hewn beams of oak of the pre-war cotton factory, dusk came. Up from the dusk the full moon came. 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. The full moon in the great door was an omen. Negro women improvised songs against its spell. Her skin was the color of oak leaves on young trees in fall.
Up from the dusk the full moon came. 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. The full moon in the great door was an omen. Negro women improvised songs against its spell. Her skin was the color of oak leaves on young trees in fall. Her breasts, firm and up-pointed like ripe acorns.