Download e-book for iPad: New Essays on Go Down, Moses (The American Novel) by Linda Wagner-Martin

By Linda Wagner-Martin

ISBN-10: 052145431X

ISBN-13: 9780521454315

Pass Down, Moses (1942) got here to fruition in the course of the moment international conflict and used to be written in the course of considered one of Faulkner's such a lot tense classes, but it has fallen to severe overlook amid the immense scholarship at the nice Southern author. partly, this assortment goals to tilt the stability, forcing the reader past serious commonplaces via asking tough questions. The 5 essays assembled right here discover the tensions of race and gender obvious during the novel.

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Mannie and Rider buy their way into the commissary Butch breaks into. 6 Yet payday's ritual of presentation and consumption, which translates labor into goods and even love, ends prematurely and unintelligibly for the black wage slave of the modernizing South. With Mannie's unexplained death, Rider loses his purchase on a life of betterment. He acts out his lost bearings by caricaturing both his future work (turning the biggest log ever, then quitting) and his renounced past (swallowing the bust-skull whiskey, then gagging).

But well before the scene of Ike's moral initiation, Cass has witnessed its preflguration. By the end of "Was," virtually every non-playing individual - slave and half-brother, sister, and brother - has been swept into the stakes of Buddy's and Hubert's poker game. The story insists that any body may be monetized by the master's decree. The vertiginous poker game casts a spotlight on the plantation's unsustainable traffic in human chattel. The game's human stakes, though laughed off and "not called," traumatize the bidders.

By the end of "Was," virtually every non-playing individual - slave and half-brother, sister, and brother - has been swept into the stakes of Buddy's and Hubert's poker game. The story insists that any body may be monetized by the master's decree. The vertiginous poker game casts a spotlight on the plantation's unsustainable traffic in human chattel. The game's human stakes, though laughed off and "not called," traumatize the bidders. The calculus presiding over the evaluation and exchange of individuals confesses its own comic inadequacy: "One hand," he said.

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