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Although in the past commentators on the writing of W E B DuBois have concentrated upon his historical and sociological works some recent critics are intrigued by his fictional presentation of the black adventure in America Most of this new critical interest centers upon his trilogy The Black Flame 1957-1961 a historically based saga of the Mansart family DuBois first novel The Quest of the Silver Fleece 1911 is nonetheless equally interesting in its artistic presentation of the economic political and social forces shaping black life It is a crowded and complex work shifting its action from the rural South to Washington DC and back again and achieves its unity of plot and statement through a carefully constructed framework of contrasting symbols The Quest of the Silver Fleece is structured upon the clash of two opposing world views that of the Swamp and that of the Plantation The Swamp represents all that is free wild joyful and loving the Plantation all that is self-serving and exploitative DuBois successfully avoids the obvious trap of simplistically equating the Swamp with black life and the Plantation with white While his main concern in the book is to demonstrate the physical and mental serfdom which trapped blacks even after Emancipation and to suggest effective courses of action to overcome this kind of slavery he recognizes that some whites too were oppressed by economic and political conditions and that some blacks knowingly profited from the subservience of their people Therefore he presents self-sacrificial whites like Miss Smith the Northern schoolteacher who devotes her life to educating Southern blacks and Afro-Americans like Caroline Wynn who have capitulated to the worlds injustice and wish only to manipulate it to their own advantage Plantation and Swamp morality then have more to do with the tone of the soul than with the color of the skin Nor does DuBois paint the Swamp mentality as all good and the Plantation view as all
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