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Choose one quote from the novel that represents either Janie's American Dream or that of the three communities she engages (North Florida, Eatonville, or the Muck) and explain how.

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Janie’s personal version of the American dream changes through the course of the novel. It includes both individual self-fulfillment and becoming part of a community and thereby achieving something greater than what a solitary person could do. Her version, therefore, sometimes coincides with that of the community, but it also changes over time as she gains deeper understanding of her experiences in each place.

One important phase of the dream becoming fulfilled occurs when she marries Joe Starks and moves to Eatonville, the new town outside Maitland. Because this change represents optimism and a fresh start in a fresh place, Janie is encouraged. Jody's ambitions also fuel her positive energy because he is committed to enacting positive change. Furthermore, as his political status increases, her social position also improves. As Janie had long believed she would remain at the bottom of the social hierarchy, these improvements imbue her with hope.

Janie was astonished to see the money Jody...

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