Mumbo Jumbo - Amber Springer September 13, 2005 Professor...

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Amber Springer September 13, 2005 Professor Bond English 235 In the book Mumbo Jumbo, the writing style, ideas and dialect used by Ishmael Reed were very unique. The book’s characters talked about the destruction an unholy religion called Jes Grew was doing to their neighbors and families. Through my reading, my image of Jew Grew was as a religion or practice brought to Louisiana by people from another country. Through my discussions with other students, online research and deep analysis of the book, I have realized that Jew Grew stands for a majority of themes and ideas. A quote from page 214 of the book says “The Blues is a Jes Grew, as James Weldon Johnson surmised. Jazz was a Jew Grew which followed to Jes Grew of Ragtime. Slang is Jes Grew too.” This quote allows an easy comparison to be drawn to the introduction of anything into America that was not introduced by Europeans, or any other group of people that were considered to have “good culture”. In many cases and many societies, older generations consider trends of the
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This note was uploaded on 07/17/2009 for the course ENG 233 taught by Professor Bond during the Fall '05 term at Agnes Scott College.

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