FAULKNER PANTALOON IN BLACK PDF

SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. A huge, strong negro named Rider is sent sprawling by grief when his young wife, Mannie, dies. He digs with a frenzy at her funeral, and his aunt is worried about him. He goes home--to the house he rents on Carothers Edmonds's estate, the old McCaslin plantation--and sees or thinks he sees Mannie's ghost.

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SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. A huge, strong negro named Rider is sent sprawling by grief when his young wife, Mannie, dies. He digs with a frenzy at her funeral, and his aunt is worried about him. He goes home--to the house he rents on Carothers Edmonds's estate, the old McCaslin plantation--and sees or thinks he sees Mannie's ghost.

The next morning he goes to work at the sawmill but leaves after hurling an unbelievably large log down the hill. He buys a jug of alcohol, drinks profusely, and finally goes to the tool room at the mill, where a security guard named Birdsong runs a crooked dice game for negroes.

Rider drunkenly accuses Birdsong of cheating--a just accusation--and cuts his throat. A sheriff's deputy talks to his wife as she cooks supper and tells her about the lunatic negro who, after his wife died, killed Birdsong. After they found Rider, the police took him to jail, but he ripped the door off the cell and fought the other prisoners. The sheriff tells his wife that the Birdsong boys accounted for 42 votes in the election for sheriff.

Two days later, Rider's body was found hanging from the bell-rope in a negro schoolhouse, and the coroner proclaimed the verdict of death at the hands of person or persons unknown. In some ways, "Pantaloon in Black" is the least connected of all the stories in Go Down, Moses ; Rider is not a McCaslin, and he is not a part of the larger history of the book. His one link to the other characters is that he rents a house from Carothers Edmonds, described in this story as "the local white landowner" as if to show Edmond's distance from events.

But this story is nevertheless important to the thematic development of Go Down, Moses because it explores themes of masculinity, family, and grief that are indirectly important throughout the stories and because the lynching it depicts is the most brutal instance of racial conflict in the book.

Go Down, Moses deals constantly with questions of patrimony, of the qualities passed on from father to son. Lucas might very well have behaved this way if Molly divorced him.

Throughout the story, Rider refuses to accept weakness of any kind; as he drinks the jug of alcohol, he snarls, "Try me, big boy," as if talking to his own feelings, and he later tells his aunt that if God wants to help him, God can come to him.

But he cannot escape his feelings simply by being strong, and his ghostly vision of Mannie in their house represents this inescapability. The final section of this story, the deputy's monologue to his disinterested wife about the behavior of the crazy negro, shows the shocking extent of misunderstanding, racial hatred, and casual acceptance of horrific violence that were central to race relations in Faulkner's world.

The deputy interprets all of Rider's actions as signs that he did not care about his wife's death and can casually shrug off the lynching because the Birdsong boys represented a great many votes for the sheriff. Rider's terrible personal struggle in the first part of the story is reduced to utter insignificance; in this sheriff's mind, it didn't even exist.

Artboard Created with Sketch. Error Created with Sketch. Summary Pantaloon in Black. Summary A huge, strong negro named Rider is sent sprawling by grief when his young wife, Mannie, dies. Commentary In some ways, "Pantaloon in Black" is the least connected of all the stories in Go Down, Moses ; Rider is not a McCaslin, and he is not a part of the larger history of the book. Popular pages: Go Down, Moses. Take a Study Break.

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Pantaloon in Black

Rider, an incredibly strong and large negro who lives on "Roth" Carothers McCaslin's plantation, is bereaved by the death of his wife. He digs his wife's grave at great speed, and the visitors at the funeral wonder why he is digging his wife into the ground so quickly. That night, Rider believes he sees his wife's ghost. He returns to work at a sawmill the next day, but after chucking an incredibly large log down a hill, walks off the job and buys a jug of whiskey, drinking copiously. Rider goes to the tool room at the mill and confronts a man named Birdsong, who has been cheating negroes in dice for years. Rider cuts Birdsong's throat. The narrative shifts, and the story is now in the home of the local sheriff's deputy.

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Go Down, Moses

The early version included both references to the McCaslin family narrative - Rider's renting a home from Edmonds and his attempts to imitate Lucas Beauchamp's ever-burning hearth fire - but Faulkner did nothing more in the later version to incorporate it into the McCaslin narrative that so many critics have cited as the dominant strain of Go Down, Moses. As a result, Rider's story stands as something of a thematic puzzle in the middle of Go Down, Moses. In he republished it as the third chapter, or story, in Go Down, Moses. While some of the eight previously published stories were radically revised for use in the novel, he made almost no changes to the magazine version of Rider's story. References: Skei, Hans L. Skip to main content.

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