The Blues In Gayl Jones's Corregidora

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Gayl Jones’s novel, Corregidora uses the blues as a way to express feelings to the reader without explicitly stating them. The Blues started in 19th century North America. Its inventors were of African American origins all of whom were either slaves or ex-slaves. Perhaps this is why the blues has such strong emotions due to the fact that it stems from slavery a touchy topic for many. The blues often uses piano and various guitars to give a variety of melodies. However, in blues, it is the voice that compels its listeners to listen. The voice in the blues often sings hearty songs of sadness and heartbreak mostly about failed relations. While the words carry mean the voice communicates the emotions, similarly to how when one read something in their head and when one says something out loud. The tone of the song can change the interpretation. In Corregidora by Gayl Jones, Ursa uses her songs to create generations by passing on the story of her ancestors through her definition of the blues, define the purpose of Ursa using the blues and Ursa physical condition.
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Ursa often makes references to this condition in her song and daydreams. For example, when daydreaming about her first husband she says “I can’t forget. The space between my thighs. A well that never bleeds”(78). Here she compares her vagina which when the reproductive system is functioning properly bleeds once a month showing she is able to bear children to a well that has run dry. Thus telling the reader that she cannot conceive because there are no eggs to be fertilized. In spite of this being accurate, Ursa cannot physically have kids, she does experience a sort of rebirth. When daydreaming Ursa states “ They squeezed Corregidora into me, and I sung back in return”(81). They impregnated her with memories of Corregidora, that did not belong to her and in return, she sung back creating life through

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