November 01, 2004

Br'er Rabbit

This written work was done by Joel Chandler Harris. When he wrote the short story of Br'er Rabbit, he divided it up into three sections: Uncle Remus Initiates the Little Boy, The Wonderful Tar Baby Story, and Why the Negro is Black. The author continues each part of the story by the old man and the little boy. The little boy probably asked questions of "what ever happened to Br'er Rabbit?" So, the old man continued to tell his tale. Harris' story was about a trickster hero called "Br'er Rabbit", and the rabbit is clever because he uses his wits in order to fool "Br'er Fox."

In Tiffany's presentation, she called about how Br'er Rabbit hated Br'er Fox. In a way, it is saying how White Americans hated African-Americans. A question that was brought up by Tiffany would be why was it appealing to white and black readers? It was popular among both Black and White readers in the North and South, because it presented an idealized view of race relations soon after the Civil War. Diana commented that it was not just about race, but just a clash between personalities and it was about society in general.

The class concluded that the readings were hard to understand because of the language. Most students read it 3 or 4 times to understand the stories. Overall, it was the most difficult reading that the Native American and the Huck Finn readings.

Dr. Jerz stated that there is a difference between dialect and slang. Dialect is when people talk the English language, but in a different way. It's like an accent. Slang is a degrated form of a perfect language. Bascially, it's a lingustic issue.

In my opinion, I think that Br'er Rabbit in general wasn't a bad story, but if I would have understood it better, then I would have enjoyed it more. It is interesting how the African American folk culture had many stories to tell to the children. It is a good activity to make the children think in a imaginative way.

Posted by NabilaUddin at November 1, 2004 04:32 PM
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Nabila,

I am glad to read that you also found these stories to be the most difficult readings in terms of African American folk. I also agree with you that the stories that the African American culture had were definitely interesting to give and pass down to their children.

I found that the stories were something that you would remember for several upon several years. I found this after reading it 3 or 4 times as well. I found the stories to be so exagerrated that it was no wonder that I was able to remember them. After you were able to comprehend these stories, did you feel that they were easier to remember because of their exaggerations? Hope to hear your reply soon.

Melissa

Posted by: Melissa Hagg at November 3, 2004 09:51 AM

Melissa,

I think it was easier to remember not just do to exaggerations, but also the way they the author interpreted the text. What I mean is you can sometimes visual of the setting, the characters, and how the atmosphere was like during those years. By forming a picture in my mind, I was able to remember some of the stories that I could understand.

-Nabila

Posted by: NabilaUddin at November 3, 2004 04:19 PM
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