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which race he was identifying with. In addition, because Toomer does bring attention to race, it is hard to consider the extent to which he is able to hides his racial standing. Race stirs a big debate in discussion of Toomer’s novel Cane . There are many different opinions about how and why Toomer portrays race the way he does. Davis and Foley offer suggestions that Toomer’s personal life had a large impact on his portrayal of race. However they argue that two different aspects ultimately influenced Toomer. Davis believes that his physical location and presence in the South gave Toomer a new appreciation for the African American race and culture. Foley, on the other hand, attributes Toomer’s influence to his social status as an elite African American living in Washington D.C. Despite these two opinions, it is hard to analyze accurately which race Toomer relates to just through his novel. Also, it is hard to judge how well Toomer is able to take race out of the overall debate as he originally intended. The racial ambiguity of the characters and stories suggest that there is a lot more to Toomer’s racial indecisiveness than his location and social status. The inability to be able to judge Toomer’s position on race changes the understanding of the novel and Toomer. Does this make Toomer successful in trying to prove that race is insignificant? Or does it prove that it is hard ignore race completely even in its ambiguity? When it comes to race and Cane , some questions remain unanswered because even Toomer had difficulty proving an exact
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62 point. Hi Linda, I like your overall argument and your angle on the topic of race, and I also think your argument sources could work very well for your paper. However, in the intro and in most of the body, I don’t think you’re presenting your argument sources in a way that most effectively motivates and frames your thesis. Your account of Davis emphasizes that T was influenced by his experience of black southern culture. Your account of Foley emphasizes that T was influenced by class. In contrast, your thesis isn’t about what motivated T. Rather, your thesis seems to be about whether T’s Cane identifies with a particular racial group: you write that in Cane “racial identity… is ambiguous and ultimately difficult to judge.” Therefore, I think that you should highlight the aspects of D and F that are most relevant to your own interest. I’d say your essay tries to answer the question, “What is T saying about race in Cane ?” In your intro, try to present D’s and F’s answers to the same question you’re answering—even if their answers to that question aren’t the main points of their essays. I think at present you’re emphasizing and spending a lot of time on the main points of D’s and F’s essays, but those points aren’t necessarily relevant in the context of your essay.
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