African American Literature Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

African American Literature
Discussion and analysis of African American literature by Jean Toomer and Langston Hughes.
# 32980 | 2,400 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 30, 2003 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper discusses "Cane" by Jean Toomer as one of the most brilliant literary works in its time. The paper analyzes how he writes about God, racial identity and relationships and discusses how black men are degraded and white men are placed on a pedestal in his writing. The paper then analyzes the poetry of Hughes and discusses his beliefs that African Americans should be able to live in freedom in the 20th century and they should embrace their heritage and love themselves. The paper discusses how he wrote with clarity and his diction was that of a poet who wanted people who did not necessarily have a college degree to understand him.

From the Paper:

"Cane is a novel, short, story, poem and a miniature play. Cane is not easily categorized. The work represents different things to different people. However Cane is one of the must brilliant literary works in its time. The language flows magestically. The work is thoughtful and inspiring. Cane is a reflection of what the author has seen and a declaration of his interpretation of the world around him. He writes about God, racial identity and relationships. For example, in Karintha, he writes that God is the creator of all things. The men around Karintha prayed that they were young so that they could be in Karintha's presence. Again, God is mentioned as the sole force that one should follow. Offspring should follow the deeds of the parents. If they follow their parents, they follow God's word. God approves sex because he has created man and woman to mate."

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