Black Men Masculinity Analysis

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The syntactical approach the black men use is their central cause for their freedom. Although the black men are using masculinity to gain their long coming freedom, the cajun community are fighting to keep their masculinity. The father of Beau Boutan, Fix Boutan, feels that over the years his masculinity has began to diminish. Fix thinks that if the Cajun community lashes out against the black community that their masculinity can be restored. Fix also believes that if he doesn’t go against the black community he will be disrespecting his ancestors (Carmean 109). This shows that Fix fears his son's death because he fears the retribution of the black community. Fix knows the black community has never lashed out against the cajun farmers so this …show more content…

Since the black community has been on the plantation for many years, Gaines reveals certain items and features on the farm that have sentimental value to the black men. By using powerful symbolism, Gaines is able reveal the black men's fight for their masculinity. Throughout the novel, Gaines uses powerful symbolism to reveal several aspects within the farm. Gaines uses guns and tractors to symbolize multiple themes and ideas that are present throughout the novel (Carmean 111). These separate items have significant meaning to the black community. Because the black community has resided on the Marshall Plantation for multiple years, they have grown sensitive to different things throughout the farm. Gaines uses several instances throughout the novel to show the severity of guns and tractors. To show the severity of the guns, Gaines uses the scene when Candy discovers that Beau has been murdered. Trying to protect her guardian Mathu, she orders all of the black men to fire five shots from their same twelve-gauge shotgun. She gives the instruction to do this before they arrive to the crime scene. From Candy’s perspective, she

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