How can these quotes be feminist or marxistSix months back he [Logan] had told her, "If Ah ... kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh tote it inside. Mah fust...

How can these quotes be feminist or marxist

Six months back he [Logan] had told her, "If Ah ... kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh tote it inside. Mah fust wife never bothered me ‘bout choppin’ no wood nohow. She’d grab dat ax and sling chips lak uh man. You done been spoilt rotten."
So Janie had told him, "Ah’m just as stiff as you is stout. If you can stand not to chop and tote wood Ah reckon you can stand not to git no dinner. ‘Scuse mah freezolity, Mist’ Killicks, but Ah don’t mean to chop de first chip." (4.1-2)

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In Chapter Four of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, because Janie's grandmother has been worried about Janie's "budding," she has given Janie to the much older Logan Killicks for marriage so that Janie will be secure.  However, Janie soon discovers that "marriage did not make love."  Soon, Logan begins to resent Janie unhappiness, also feeling that Janie thinks she is better than he.  Logan concludes that Janie is spoiled and the grandmother thinks he will spoil her, as well.  So, he heads for town one day and tells Janie that she must help him next year in the garden.  In the passage, he informs Janie that she must chop some wood.  However, Janie refuses, saying that she has no intention of chopping wood.  Here Janie asserts her own will.  She later tells another husband,

Mah own mind had tuh be squeezed and crowded out tuh make room for yours in me.

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel of self-discovery, a young woman's realization that she is a person unto herself who needs care and love.

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I hope you are asking if these are feminist or if they are marxist.  Because I do not really see much in the way of marxism in this quote.  So, in my opinion, this quote is an example of feminism.

The reason for this is that the woman in this quote is not giving in to what her husband wants her to do.  She does not like the idea that he expects her to cook the dinner and to chop the wood.  She shows that she is not afraid to assert her power as a woman.

So, this is feminist because it shows a woman fighting back against a man's attempt to tell her what to do.

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