Souls of black folks.doc

Souls of black folks.doc - It is appropriate that each...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

It is appropriate that each chapter of The Souls of Black Folk begins with a sorrowful melodie of freedom or grievance. Music is a great way to communicate, such as poetry. Poetry and music are very much on the same page. Deep and meaningful in most cases in the earlier years. At the end of Chapter one, a quote caught my attention: "We the darker ones come even now not altogether empty-handed: there are to-day no truer exponents of the pure human spirit of the Declaration of Independence than the American Negroes; there is no true American music but the wild sweet melodies of the Negro slave; the American fairy tales and folk-lore are Indian and African; and, all in all, we black men seem the sole oasis of simple faith and reverence in a dusty desert of dollars and smartness. Will American be poorer if she replace [...] her coarse and cruelwith with loving jovial good-humor? or her vulgar music with the soul of the Sorrow Songs?" This quote places a great amount of importance on music and its origin. Everyone loves music, and music such as the blues, has been around for centuries and is what Du Bois refers to as "Sorrow Songs". In the time of slavery, blacks didn't have many wanys to communicate their troubles to whites. Whites, however, did listen to the songs, whether they believed in the words or not, they listened. Like poetry, music is a very deep and sorrowful way to communicate. Inhibitions tend to be left behind. The Souls of Black Folk not only commences each chapter with a song, but the words of the actual text flow like as song as well. Very descriptive with soft vowel sounds and long sounding words that flow from one to the next. Such an example would be the quote. The art of song has been around for centuries, and blacks have always been commended for their capablities in music. Each chapter has it's own story, just as every song has it's own meaning. Du Bois successful pulls the work together like a work of art by manipulating words and their sounds. The quote is strong with saying that blacks signify independence, and that holds true from slavery. The blues and jazz are popular among all races, and tell stories that are centuries old and still hold meaning to may people--they hold the history of America within their words. Subject: education and progress -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The contradiction of education in this novel was most interesting. Instead of saying that it would cure all of the problems that the children were facing, it showed that sometimes, no matter how hard the children worked, it can't always help everybody. In chapter five, the narrator tells us of his experiences hunting teaching jobs, and the effect the students had on him, both during his time teaching, and after he left. This chapter gave the impression that education could give a student wings to fly, but that it can't always open up a window.
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.
  • Fall '15
  • JingLi
  • Negro, Eugène Dubois

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern