In Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, what are a few examples of symbolism?  

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Three of many images that have symbolic meaning are the pear tree and the bees, the dusty road, and Janie's hair. First, the pear tree, its blossoms, and the bees are introduced in Chapter Two. Janie is sixteen and starting to realize her sensual desires. The blossoms and bees are mentioned occasionally throughout the book when Janie feels lonely, or misses experiencing the epitome of love and sensuality. Janie desires to be able to explore that side of herself freely with an amazing man who has stolen her heart. At sixteen, though, Janie analyzes the blooming pear tree after her chores and realizes the following:

"From barren brown stems to glistening leaf-buds; from the leaf-buds to snowy virginity of bloom . . . The rose of the world was breathing out smell. It followed her through all her waking moments and caressed her in her sleep" (10).

In this passage, Janie recognizes the connection between the growing buds from a barren winter. She is in awe that these buds bloom into...

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