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Their Eyes Were Watching God

I would say that Tea Cake is acting within an aspect of his character—particularly that which has developed out of internalized racism. Mrs. Turner is a woman who tries to befriend Janie. She is...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 10:57 am UTC

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Janie's most noticeable characteristic is her hair; it's long, straight, and representative of her blended racial heritage. She's a beautiful woman who is admired and desired by men throughout the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019 3:48 pm UTC

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In Chapter 5 of Their Eyes Were Watching God, as part of his plan to make Eatonville successful, the new mayor, Joe Starks, declares that a general store is essential. For, it can be a place for...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2013 11:54 pm UTC

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Zora Neale Hurston was a cultural anthropologist and had political views that went against the the views of many of her contemporaries in the Harlem Renaissance. Simply put, Hurston advocated for...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 7:31 pm UTC

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Nanny’s objectification of her granddaughter is evident through her decision about Janie’s marriage. As the older Janie reminisces about her childhood and adolescence, she acknowledges the strength...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021 6:43 am UTC

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In the first chapter of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Phoeby brings Janie a plate of food. The novel opens at sunset and with a bunch of local residents gathered on Pheoby Watson’s porch. As they...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2010 4:04 am UTC

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Basically, she thinks he is a sell out. Booker T. Washington was famous for his speech in Atlanta where he advised black people to work harder instead of asking for or demanding rights. He said...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 11:33 am UTC

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As this question acknowledges, Janie Crawford seems to constantly be giving up or surrendering something for the sake of someone else. In other words, she seems to frequently be placed in a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 4:39 pm UTC

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Hurston’s classic novel unfolds the story of Janie Crawford, who endures much hardship in her life. As her tale depicts a life of disappointment, rejection, abandonment, and betrayal, Janie finds...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 4:13 pm UTC

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Janie's grandmother, whom she calls "Nanny," leaves her former plantation with Leafy around the time that Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant on April 9, 1865. Though slavery...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 9:55 pm UTC

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As the friends and co-workers of Janie and Tea-Cake huddle together in the storm, they watch the all-powerful God of nature without questioning Him. In Chapter 18 of Their Eyes Were Watching God,...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2017 9:58 pm UTC

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Janie could be seen as a feminist character or a character admired by feminist readers and critics, because by the end of the novel, she is confident and independent, comfortable in her own skin,...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2018 3:37 pm UTC

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The setting is important to the novel's plot and character development. The protagonist Janie lives in the American South early in the 20th century. Her ancestors, like Nanny, were slaves, and the...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 6:51 pm UTC

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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....

Latest answer posted June 6, 2016 5:07 pm UTC

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Hurston means that Teacake taught Janie to appreciate and respect the fact that she was a woman and the things that come along with that. Janie was oppressed when she was forced to be with Logan at...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 11:27 pm UTC

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Joe is the first husband that Janie chose. Logan Killicks, her first husband, was chosen for her by her grandmother, who worried that Janie's burgeoning sexuality would lead to her dishonor. To...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2018 12:54 pm UTC

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Janie's relationship with Tea Cake starts with instant attraction. Tea Cake is a younger man, but he is much more emotional and open than Janie's previous husband, Joe Starks. Tea Cake understands...

Latest answer posted July 30, 2019 7:36 pm UTC

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In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is a protagonist who struggles with dependence on men as she grows into a more decisive and independent person. She is involved in three marriages,...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2019 4:03 pm UTC

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One could certainly argue that negative experiences in life shape individuals into whom they become. Janie Crawford is a woman whose romantic life has been tumultuous, to say the least. After the...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 7:39 pm UTC

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The name of the town to which Jody and Janie moved is Eatonville, Florida. Joe Starks is an ambitious black man who has "been workin' for white folks all his life". He had always wanted to be "a...

Latest answer posted May 26, 2009 6:32 am UTC

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The idea of the "horizon" in the story Their Eyes Were Watching God is the concept of limitations and boundaries—it's how far a person's life extends. If someone's horizon has expanded, it means...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2019 1:16 pm UTC

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Janie's return to Eatonville in "Their Eyes Were Watching God" both lends an irony to the title as well as establishing the conflicts of the novel. The men and women of Eatonville who...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2009 12:50 pm UTC

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Janie kills Tea Cake because he had rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease that causes insanity and erratic and violent behavior, so her killing of Tea Cake is an act of self defense and a kind mercy...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 2:26 pm UTC

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As her marriage approaches, Janie asks whether marriage will take away her loneliness and whether it will inspire love between her and her new husband. Janie asks these questions because of her...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2019 9:12 pm UTC

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In another of her works, Mules and Men, in which Zora Neale Hurston writes an account of her own trip to Eatonville, Florida, where she traveled in order to collect African-American folklore,...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2012 12:49 pm UTC

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In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Joe Starks—or Jody, as he’s commonly called—dies while continuing to harangue Janie for her supposed faults. Jody and Janie do not have a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 3:10 pm UTC

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Through her three marriages, Janie learns that equality in marriage is not possible, especially for a woman dually limited by race and gender. However, when she is in her youth, Janie fails to...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2020 4:48 pm UTC

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The symbolic meaning of a mule as a creature who is worked and used and exploited is certainly a common one. In Chapter 6 of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie enjoys being on the porch,...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2011 2:58 am UTC

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Chapter 15 of Their Eyes Were Watching God features the story of Janie's jealousy of Nunkie. At this point in Hurston's novel, Janie and Tea Cake are working in the Everglades (the muck), and...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018 2:55 am UTC

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Tea Cake contracted rabies when he was bitten by a rabid dog. This happened during the hurricane that destroyed Tea Cake and Janie's home in the Everglades. In chapter 18, Tea Cake and Janie are...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 11:40 am UTC

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Disastrous times do much to test the mettle of people, and the hurricane certainly challenges Janie's survival instincts, her will, and her love for Tea Cake. Because of the hurricane, Janie...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2015 3:45 pm UTC

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Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is a kind of framed story; readers meet a woman with a story in chapter one, and the rest of the book, until the last chapter, is the story she...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2013 4:13 am UTC

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In Chapter 8, Jody sleeps in a different room from Janie because he feels emasculated by what she said about him in the store on the previous day. The narrator asks, "Why must Joe be so mad with...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2019 4:49 pm UTC

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Now that Janie's no longer under the thumb of either Logan Killicks or Joe Starks, Janie feels like a liberated woman all of a sudden. With Tea Cake in her life, she now has a man who she actually...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 12:26 pm UTC

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Janie marries Jody because, when she is unhappily married to Logan Killicks, Jody comes along and starts talking to her "in rhymes." He praises her beauty and tells her that she deserves more than...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2018 9:08 pm UTC

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Language is key to how Janie asserts herself. Early on in the novel, Janie's discovery of her sexuality, which is symbolized by the blooming pear tree, coincides with the discovery of her voice....

Latest answer posted March 24, 2019 6:52 pm UTC

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In many ways, the muck--the Everglades--could be considered something like an Eden for Janie. All of her life, Janie has dreamed of a place where she can be herself and she can love the man she is...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2010 12:41 pm UTC

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In Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, the protagonist, Janie, marries three men and learns about herself and what she wants from life from each of these relationships. Janie's first marriage,...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2018 4:05 pm UTC

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Eatonville is based on Hurston's own town, where she had early and happy memories of growing up without the filter of race influencing her sense of self. In this all-black town, she was just Zora....

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God opens with a passage that comments on different ways of life: some people (men) look out at the world and wait for things to come to them, while...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2018 3:47 am UTC

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Your question rather expertly identifies one of the key themes of the novel and the way in which Jody, in his relationship with Janie, exemplifies that theme. Jody can be considered to be the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 3:22 am UTC

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Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God depicts the journey towards maturity and independence of a young black woman in the South in the early twentieth century. Hurston does more,...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2018 1:21 am UTC

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Janie's relationship with Logan Killicks is what ultimately makes her a woman. She knows she's grown up when she realizes that marriage doesn't create love; she doesn't love Logan, and she believes...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 1:55 am UTC

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Janie herself could be considered “a cracked plate.” Her first marriage to Logan Killicks did nothing to support her dream of the perfect marriage. Janie had been under the impression that...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2010 9:59 pm UTC

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Janie does not get rabies, there is no evidence of that in the story. She returns home because she did not want to remain in the Everglades without him. In the last chapter, "the flashback...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2008 9:57 am UTC

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I like to believe that the reason Janie never gives birth is that she is the focus of the story. The point of Their Eyes Were Watching Godis Janie's emotional, spiritual journey into her own...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2009 6:28 am UTC

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That's a really good question. To sum it up, I think the problems in the relationship between Janie and Joe lie in the lack of equality and mutual respect, which are pretty much the foundations of...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 11:04 pm UTC

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One central theme in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God concerns our ability to fulfill our dreams. The novel opens with a passage in which Hurston uses the noun ships as a symbol...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2015 5:25 am UTC

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The ending of the novel depicts Janie as having attained self-actualization. She is now a woman who has experienced enough of life to know herself well and to be contented with her own company. She...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 4:01 pm UTC

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Hurston frequently uses nature imagery to both further the plot and character development and to figuratively represent themes and motifs. The novel opens with a reference to the horizon and ships...

Latest answer posted December 19, 2018 4:07 pm UTC

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