Please suggest what resources I can use to write an analytical essay an artifact in `Their Eyes Were Watching God`
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On pages 58-59 of the HarperCollins hardcover edition published in 2000, reference is made to a "rag" that Joe makes his wife wear when she is working in the store, even though her hair is beautiful. This "rag" might make an interesting topic of analysis. You might do some research to see how common head scarves were in the African American community at the time, what they could symbolize, how they could function as symbols of beauty and/or of control, etc.
Here's a link that may be helpful to you. Notice the very first book listed here. It seems to contain an essay that looks as if it could be very useful.
Enotes is a very useful resource. For one thing, you can ask questions as you did here. You can also use the collection of documents and information that go along with the study guide. It will help get you started on the right path, and suggest resources. Here are some useful pages:
Here is historical context:
Here is an essay on folklore and femnism:
One major issue scholars discuss when writing about African-American literature is what counts as existing cultural artifacts for the community. While you might choose the Parthenon as an artifact of Athenian culture or the iPod as exemplifying twenty-first century youth culture, it’s more difficult to locate material emblems of a society that was less wealthy and had fewer consumer choices.
There are two ways to approach this assignment. First, you could look for artifacts important to the plot of the story, such as the guitar or guns. Another approach would by to look at items of clothing or household objects which exemplify the status of the characters with which they are associated.
I have chosen the playing cards in chapter 14, but still confused on how I can use this artifact to analysis something in this book. I know it brought excitement throughout the book. For example, Tea Cake won some money playing cards which led to one of the loser to attack Tea Cake, and made it possible to repay the two hundred dollars to Janie. Also, everybody in the town gather to see Ed Dockery, Bootyny, and Sop-de-Bottom play cards.
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