The Conjure Woman Analysis

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Superstitions and Folklore in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Conjure Women Charles Waddell Chesnutt is an African American writer who writes many novels and short stories about African American superstitions and folklore of the south in The Conjure Woman. The Conjure Woman is a collection of folk tales that explore complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War. Chesnutt writes these stories in vernacular forms to represent the oral act of storytelling and express Chesnutt’s black identity and cultural heritage of African American people. Chesnutt 's folktales show how African American people are treated by whites as second class citizens. Chesnutt also uses African American folklore to celebrate his black identity throughout telling these stories. My research concentrates on Chesnutt 's representation of superstitions and folklore as traditions of African American culture in The Conjure Women. The Conjure Women is collected seven conjure stories that talk about magic works and superstitions. Uncle Julius is an ex-slave who is the narrator of the conjure tales. Uncle Julius narrates tales of antebellum plantation life in order to entertain the white couples, John and his wife Annie. The white couple moves from north to the farm. Julius’s tales talk about superstitions beliefs and folklore of the south. Although Julius ' tales display superstition features such as haunting, transfiguration, and conjuring which are typical of southern African
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