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Finally, if we assume Toomer’s location ultimately influenced his writing, we can interpret Cane as displaying the strength of African American culture despite the traumatic effects of slavery. Despite these somewhat different interpretations, they are all connected to race and oppression. This suggests that Toomer’s main message remains intact, unaffected by his inspirations.
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82 Paper 3 Final Draft Linda Jung WR150 A1 May 1, 2013 Region, Class and Writers: Examining Cane ’s Most Important Influences Jean Toomer’s Cane holds great significance in African American literature as the main topic of many debates. Some critics discuss Toomer’s objection to identify with a race and how his decision affected the writing of Cane. Other critics, such as Charles T. Davis and Barbara Foley focus on different influences Toomer had while writing his novel. In their respective essays, Davis and Foley describe the most influential factors to Toomer when he wrote Cane . In Davis’ essay “Jean Toomer and the South: Region and Race as Elements within a Literary Imagination,” he discusses how geographic location ultimately altered the way Cane was written. More precisely, Toomer’s experience in the South had a large influence on the development of Cane, and its portrayal of the African American race. Barbara Foley takes on quite a different stance in this debate. In her essay “Jean Toomer’s Washington and the Politics of Class: From ‘Blue Veins’ to Seventh- Street Rebels,” she argues that the key point missing from many people’s discussion of the novel is social class. Foley goes in depth describing Toomer’s socioeconomic background from his childhood to the time that Toomer wrote Cane . She uses this to propel her argument that class was the most influential to Cane . Although both of these scholars provide valid arguments, they fail to acknowledge other possible factors that influenced Toomer’s writing. More importantly, Davis and Foley ignore the biggest
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83 Jung influence on Cane : other authors and their work. Charles Scruggs, on the other hand, accurately describes this influence in his essay “Textuality and Vision in Jean Toomer’s Cane,” arguing that Toomer’s relationships with other authors displayed the largest impact on Cane as a whole. According to Scruggs, the entire structure of Cane was inspired by Waldo Frank’s novel City Block and to some extent, Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. Yet, despite Scruggs’ novel, we still lack the reason as to why Toomer chose the circular structure in the end. Toomer wanted to prove how African American suffering didn’t end slavery being over. To him, the past was still very much a part of the present. The circularity of Cane works because it fits the theme and overall message of the novel itself.
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