The condition of fern by Toomer’sCaneThe narrative of Toomer’s Cane, ‘Fern’ is established withina crafted, mystically symbolic vivid description of a lady with a Jewish nameas well as a blended cultural heritage (Zheng 131) Indeed, Fern is aloof,thereby masking a profound necessity for spiritual revitalization even as sheaccepts to be with men who are “everlastinglybringing their bodies to her.” From the beginning, it is evident that thelady is not a prostitute nor a young black lady residing in a raciallydiscriminatory city.
Nonetheless, theyoung lady believes that she will be liberated. An extension of what Toomerexperienced as a teacher in 1921 in Georgia justifies that “Fern” is a symbolicnarrative with powerful social as well as theological implications. From theearly time of writings of Toomer, “Fern” depicts a half-hidden southern picturethat men are despairingly corrupt, and women are the possible source ofsalvation. These women are believed to have seeds of deliverance (McKay 2) Eventhough men take the body of Fern, they still want to receive deeper communionand deliverance with her. These men want fern to give them something beyondtheir bodies. Fern herself troubled, and her lost soul strengthens theirelusive quest. Fern wanted to discourage racism and other social vices thatprevent people from progressing.
The poet wants a free racial society withequality. The government should establish a cohesive society where everyindividual is treated justly regardless of race or ethnic background.Everything about this piece is described by Fern’s eyes thatare captivating and offers the link to her body in the Georgia soil, and to thegeneral human needs. “Her face flowedinto her eyes.” Indeed, “like her face, the whole countryside seemed to flowinto her eyes.” Additionally, subsequently, through her eyes men felt thatshe was now fine and now they wanted to go with her again (Zheng 131) As Fernwas growing up, several males kept taking their physiques to her, although shejust became drowsy of those men thereby turning them off.
Nonetheless, thosemen seemed not to give up; they came back to do good things to her. Sheaccepted them, but she was now above them. One time the narrator passed Fern’shouse while they were with a stranger. At the moment they saw having a sit onher porch, while sad, with her head inclined to the post, he questioned theoutsider who she was. Toomer, a novelist, established himself as a poet whocaptures the vision of the world where every individual will be able toconfront evil as well as a life of despair. In her poem, he fights for therights of women as well as other social issues.
Toomer rationally showcases theunique experience of the African- Americans especially the minority groups. Hewas concerned about the woman in the middle of the male-oriented community. Inhis poem, Georgia is the city that showcases the plight and fate of theaspiring woman who longs to break out in her traditional roles within the societyand equally compete with her male counterpart to gain equality (Gale 14) Theimplication is that the community in which the author lived in there was racialdiscrimination. Fern enlightens women that they can do much better than men.She mentions that if women do not fight for their space, then men would notgive them the freedom they want. Sheexperienced the problematic situations African-American woman experienced. Toomer sought to know the role of the AfricanAmerica people in the entire American community. Furthermore, the poet wantedto address issues like racism, religion, couture, equality and freedom amongother issues that affected the African American lives especially the woman(Zheng 131) Fern has the drive to fight for women is derived from that factthat she is an African woman by birth, she faced challenges that women areundergoing.
However, she resisted any discrimination. In his poem through Fern’s eyes, Toomer substantiallyexplores the mystique of female by introducing the sturdy female character whois the main characters in her poem (Zheng 131). The implication is that hewanted women to emulate her characters so that they can change their fate andtransform their lives. These characters do not perform what men what her to do.He strives to show the female exploitation and oppression in a male-orientedblack community. Indeed, she offers women a new direction to outperform theirconstraints. He is setting to encourage women to stand strong for their rightsand avoid oppression which she believed was not good for their future. Fernwants to fight every form of patriarchy as well as sexism that has now allowedthe woman to develop themselves sin the society as equal beings.
Fern stronglybelieves that women have been mistreated by the cruel society and by thosepeople they expected to help treat them fairly. Further, the poem explores the fate of helpless as well as thesubjugated women who need improvement of their status. She condemns the malechauvinistic behaviors. To prove this, Toomer uses strong female charactersthat are more aspiring to go beyond mistreatment of the society.
These womenseek to establish themselves as in depend.Besides, the poem can be said to be a celebration of thediversities of the experience of black females. The seven stories in the novelnarrate the life of black women in Georgia.
Fern embodies address many issues in which women have been muted in thesociety and kept uninformed they their own culture. She believes that humanbeings can find their true self and fight for what they believe as right (Gale12). Additionally, she believes that Black woman can find their true identityand achieve equality and liberation. Fern opposes the males who try to continueoppressing women. The poem providesa realistic interpretation of the style of lives of the seven African Americanfemales of different age groups. Outlined by the opening as well as closingsegments which points to the economic and political forces influencing thelives in Georgia. Additionally, Tommerexplores the betrayal that the female faces from their male counterparts.
Thestory depicts the suffering and pain in the life of the black women. The blackwomen face rejection by the mainstream community, and they struggle daily withtheir male counterparts who are neither loving nor considered to besuccessful. Further, Fern showcases themembers of the younger generation who possess a diverse opportunity through thenovel. The new generation is educated and has taken a different course which isdifferent from the previous generation. The new generation of the AfricanAmerican women is educated hence do not follow the set rules by the male.Therefore, Gloria through her novel presents the struggle between the educatedand uneducated women in the society.
Fern presents the conflict that exists between thepatriarchal, oppressive surrounding and the female protagonists. Overall, the poem seeks to encouragewomen to find their true self and fight for their rights. The author, Toomerstrive to enlighten woken to establish themselves and find an independentworld. He encourages that they should not be oppressed by the primitive culturethat only infringes their rights (Zheng 132).
The author believes in equalityfor all regardless of the race or gender. The novel is an aspiration to theresist any for oppression and struggles to make them perceptible as well anoticeable. A contemporary realityextensively. Provides an excitinginformation of American race relations from the beginning up to the presentday. The film stood as one of an affirmation of his continued relevance andunderstanding of the time when he started his project to add a level of themeaning of the poet (Gale3). Galeholds thatracial prejudice is embedded in the historical perspective (65). Therefore, itis important to note that there are some historical factors thathave been associated with the social injustices, racism, and stereotypes.
First, the society labeled the natives as powerful and dominant. These nativeswere depicted as the key decision makers in the society. Also, the non-nativeswere portrayed as those who are expected to work for the natives. Thegovernment and security agencies should strive and restore the dignity of allindividuals in the society. Also, historicalinjustices have been linked to the social inequality. Additionally, historyreveals that the aboriginals were not allowed to own land and enjoy theirrights.
Furthermore, the report holds the view that having a just society. Tommer holds that humanbeings are social, and this emphasizes relationships. His works presentsituations where the relationship between a man and a woman, Fern, who isundergoing turmoil. He looks at thedisconnection in these human relationships and how the individuals struggle tomake things right.
In his stories, most of his characters attempt to solverelationship crisis through racial discrimination. Toomer’s work is featured bya paradoxical power that prejudice possesses (Campbell 34). Carver’s characters consume alcoholso that they can blunt their fears of death and their impermanence of love andlife. He presents a situation where relationships have a crisis that threatensthe connection between people. The people that consume it do it for positivereasons which they realize in short terms. Conversely, the ramifications ofprejudice are long term when they manifest in the user’s life. Toomer is determined to see humanrelationships work regardless of race.
Subsequently, he exposes the pitfallsthat lead to broken connections so that the readers might learn from them.Ideally, the issues that are dealt with by Toomer about relationships are theones that affect most relationships today. Toomer’s might have written hisworks numerous years ago, but they are still relevant and impact on the livesof interested readers. Zheng asserts that the nonnatives have experienced acertain form of discrimination (132). First, the Indigenous individuals hadtheir land, identity, basic human rights stripped from them.
The effect ofFern’s on the storyteller is strange, captivating as well as utterlyirresistible. “I felt that things unseento men were tangibly immediate.” Toomer’s frustrated efforts atself-definition, understanding as well as self-knowledge. In summary, Fern is about the young lady’seyes. The eyes of Fern’s are virtuallythe narrator in the narrative all by them. The eyes are fascinating currents,which suck black males in but white men did not approach Fern. For instance, one of the black men whipped astranger when they are almost reaching the house of Fern. There is the need forthe government to build a fair and cohesive society.
Notably, racialdiscrimination will only serve to take the gains the nation has made away. The poem described Toomer’s feelings, which no matterhow dreadful life gets, regardless of injustice and hatred human endure, anddespite how hard it is to stride, eventually it is still possible. Blacksendure suffering and the desire to liberate the black people through the art.Toomer requests merely his audience to reflect deeply and to work harder tomake the future better, Therefore, this has formed the tremendousanonymous of in the piece. The poem stresses the importance of living in ajust, fair and cohesive society.