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Jean Toomers Cane The first section of Cane by Jean Toomer contains a collection of poems and short stories These poems and short stories are all different but they are all unified and linked to the title of the book Cane It is evident that they took place at a time when the black race was enslaved and working in the cane and cotton fields All of these works are referenced to the cane field Toomer also uses repetition of certain words phrases and ideas to unify the poems and stories and give the illusion that they are all connected and lead from one to the other Another unifying factor is also the idea of the slave song evident in the poems Most of these works have a rhyming singing tone to them Toomer references cane in all of the works in the first half of Cane The rural south at the time these works take place is a place of slavery The slaves were employed in the cane fields Toomer uses the idea of dusk in a lot of his poems in Cane Dusk is linked directly to cane The beauty that comes with dusk does not last very long and the sweetness that comes from chewing cane does not last very long either Toomer draws a parallel between the idea of dusk and cane Many of the main parts of the stories revolve around dusk and many of the characters in this works lives revolve around cane Cane is their only means of survival In the very first story Karintha Toomer writes Her skin is like dusk on the eastern Horizon Toomer 2 Toomer is comparing Karintha to duskcane Her beauty is like cane She is cane She is the most important character in that story and she is being compared to dusk to cane the most important part of a black persons life at that time In another
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