November 30, 2004

Br’er Rabbit

Unlike John Henry, Br’er Rabbit was much harder for me to understand because of the content (language) used. Br’er Rabbit was a hero of the Uncle Remus stories that derived from African-American folktales. Br’er Rabbit was written by Joel Chandler Harris. He was journalist who wanted to record the folktales of African American slaves. He truly wished to be a folklorist, a recorder of what he heard, rather than an author in the full sense of the word.

Nevertheless, the story of Uncle Remus the tales to a young boy Harris invention, and it obviously affected the way in which Harris retold the stories he collected. Although reading the story over and over again, I found this folklore the hardest story we were required to read. Personally, I did not have a problem with the other readings. I believe if Joel Harris had wrote Br’er in everyday language it would have made it easier to understand. Even though that was how the individuals spoke back then, I think it would have been a better folktale if individuals did not have difficulty reading it.

Posted by Se-AnnWilliams at November 30, 2004 12:22 PM
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Se-Ann,
I agree with you that this folklore was very difficult to comprehend. There were parts of the story that I had to read over and over again just to understand what I was reading...then eventually it would just click on like the fifth time! Other times I never could figure it out. My point is ,however, that liked the use of language more than disliked it. I think it added to the culture of the story. It made me believe as I was reading it aloud that I was actually the story teller. It is more realistic. I think it it worth struggling through it. You probably already have this website from the class printouts but it gives an analysis of the story so it doesn't matter if you understand it completely on your own! http://xroads.virginia.edu/%7EUG97/remus/anatar.html

Posted by: Jennifer Haun at December 6, 2004 12:14 PM
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