The slides discuss Chesnutt’s complex relationship to Plantation Tales. The tales offered him a respectable path into publication in prestigious magazines such as The Atlantic, but Chesnutt also subverted the typical racial messaging of the genre. “The Doll,” unlike “Po’ Sandy” and “Dave’s Neckliss,” is not a Plantation Tale. What do you make of the Barber’s powerful impulse to murder and the long account of his thoughts? Does the story see black “madness” in the same way as Chesnutt’s plantation tales, an inevitable product of brutally racist system? A different way? Is there a passage that influenced your thinking on the matter? As always, let us know your thoughts in a paragraph or two.