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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Was there something about niggers that you couldnt know? Louisa, dazed, hysterical, refused to go indoors. Follow Us on Facebook.

Blood-Burning Moon | Introduction & Overview

A strange stir was iean her. Up from the dusk the full moon came. Till some one said something about Louisa and Bob Stone, about the silk stockings she must have gotten from him. Tom Burwell, a young and powerfully built black man, is also in love with her. Drag him to the factory.

With each reading, previously unseen facets of the story and its style reflect more aspects of the African-American identity and history that Toomer wished to convey. Tom strode over to him. He tried his hand at various jobs, including selling cars, teaching physical education, and welding. Louisa, upon the step before her home, did not hear it, but her eyes opened slowly. 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.

“Blood-Burning Moon” by Jean Toomer

Figures raised the windows and joined the old woman in song. Print this article Print nurning entries for this topic Cite jena article. Tom Burwell, whom the whole town called Big Boy, also loved her. Though both love Louisa, neither accepts the truth that she has an alternate lover. 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 bpood each section of the story in the ultimate communal voicing of the loss of their men.


Notify me of new comments via email. Rather, he enjoys their regular meetings in the canebrake where he can satisfy his sexual desire for her.

Singers in the town were silenced. A quick shock went through him. He thinks about his family and how they might react if they knew of his relationship with Louisa.

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

During the course of one evening, each man learns of the other’s relationship with Louisa. And, just as inevitably, the killing of one equates the killing of the other.

He was about to skirt the clearing when he heard his own name mentioned. The book is divided into three parts: 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 burniny towards her.

Blood ran up Tom’s neck hotter than the glow that flooded from the stove. Old Tomoer Georgia tended his stove and toomdr tales about the white folks, about moonshining and cotton picking, and about sweet nigger gals, to the men who sat there about his stove to listen to him.


Because of these, my position in America is a curious one. His need to dominate places him in an impossible dilemma when Bob Stone confronts him. He let his knife drop.

The mob pushed in. It fluttered like a dying thing down the single street of factory town. Then, with their eyes still upon him, he began to feel embarrassed.

Introduction & Overview of Blood-Burning Moon

Tom and Bob are mirrors of each other even in their actions. Each scene is bathed in an eerie glow, whether from the moon, the glow of the cane fire, the searchlights of the lynch mob, or the fire in which the mob burns and kills Tom.

Palpitant between the rooster crows, a chill hush settled upon the huddled forms of Tom and Louisa. Not so much, though. Toomer, instead, writes about the complexity of African-American culture and experience without avoiding its violent heritage. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! And Tom’s proposal which she felt on its way to her could be indefinitely put off. Perhaps they are all the same woman, archetypal woman, all wearing different faces, but each possessing an identifiable aspect of womanhood.

Her breasts firm and up-pointed like ripe acorns. The other is mean, black, and poor. Topics for Further Study. Of course, about farming, and licker, and craps — but those werent nigger.