Blood Burning Moon Essay

1212 Words Jan 31st, 2012 5 Pages
Literary Analysis #1

In the “Blood Burning Moon” by Jean Toomer, the author takes the reader back in time to the rural south-1 during a time of Jim Crow laws. In a small town, Tom Burwell and Bob Stone challenge each other for the affection of an African American woman named Louisa. 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 other’s-1 lust for Louisa, a fight breaks out in which Bob’s 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
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375). Louisa’s meekness and passivity toward the men stimulates their competition and foreshadows-1 the violence. Bob’s hatred toward Louisa is apparent as he does not love her or have a desire to marry her. She is a sex object at Bob’s beck and call. (The sound of Tom’s name or Tom is with Louisa, Bob becomes infuriated)-1. Bob walks to their meeting place. No Louisa. Tom Burwell had her. Veins in his forehead bulged and distended. Saliva moistened the dried blood on his lips. He bit down on his lips. He tasted blood. Not his own blood; Tom Burwell blood (Toomer, 1923, 379).—If you are using direct quotations, please enclose this text in quotation marks-1, APA Bob shows his racist ways by thinking about the good old days when he did not have to worry about Louisa, because she would have still been a slave. “He saw Louisa bent over the hearth. He went in as a master should, and took her. None of this sneaking that he had to go through now (Toomer, 1923, 377). The idea of sneaking was repulsive to him. Toomer shows how prejudice and repulsive Bob was by what he is doing. “Bob Stone of the old Stone Family, in a fight with a nigger; over a nigger girl (Toomer, 1923, 378). Bob thinks about his family learning about the relationship. He’s embarrassed when he explains this relationship to his “Northern friend”. Throughout the story, Bob exclaims, “His family had lost ground” (Toomer, 1923, 377), because they did not have

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