Cane, Jean Toomer, double consciousness, identity, Becky, Karintha
Double consciousness is defined as a concept that describes an individual as having an identity divided into several parts. This makes it difficult for an individual to have a sole unified identity. As such, a person with double consciousness may be considered to have two thoughts, two souls or two un-reconciled perceptions towards a certain way of life. This context mainly related to racial relations mainly among American blacks or Negros. Historically, black Americans have always had issues with identity with the American culture. As such, double consciousness makes individuals to have a perception of their own self and world perception.
[...] Karintha is described as a woman filled with beauty from her young age. skin is like dusk, when the sun goes down.” (Toomer p. The author describes her as beautiful young lady whose beauty can be compared to the scenery that is always present when the sun is setting down. As such, her skin blossoms make men both young and old to want to mate with her. wanted her carrying beauty Everybody wanted Karintha and the old men even prayed for God to grant them youthful age. [...]
[...] This makes, Becky to view herself as an outcast in the white community. Secondly, racial discrimination that causes conscious concerns is also portrayed from the African American community. This community considers Becky as being crazy, having no self respect and poor. In their assertions, the African American community says that low down nigger no self respect poor white” (Toomer p. 84-85). This community also condemns Becky's mixed children and considers it as a form of lack of respect. They are perturbed by the fact that Becky had the urge to lay with a black man. [...]
[...] The world, in this case, whites and blacks see her as an outcast for having intimate relationship with a black guy yet she is white. On the other hand, Karintha's case involves sexual intimacy that robs her of her childhood. Men, both young and old view her as a sex object making her to live adulthood life at a tender age. Generally, the stories teach on contemporary societal issues such as racial discrimination and dehumanizing body exchanges that should be condemned in this age of democracy, equality and promotion of human rights. Work Cited Toomer, Jean. Cane. New York City: Liveright Print. [...]
[...] The cabin is constructed by both whites and blacks in order to give Becky a place sleep. They also feed her and her children. Surprisingly, this cabin is built railroad truck and the road. The place that this cabin has been built is considered an area that is not part of the community. As a result, Becky is segregated from other members of the community. Due to the shame and loneliness, Becky never wanted people to see her. In this case, Becky is ashamed of her own acts by bearing children with a black person. [...]
[...] Karintha had seen perhaps felt parents loving” (Toomer p. 5-7). This suggests that Karintha must have seen her parent make love or heard them do so. This made her curious and decided to start with a small boy in the community. Later on, Karintha gave herself to the other men including young and old. This led her to have multiple relationships just for the perception she had that she was an adult and able to engage in such activities. In addition, she benefited from money young and old men brought her. [...]
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