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To what extent does Janie make her own emancipation?

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In the first few decades of her life, Janie is controlled by forces beyond herself, most notably her grandmother and Logan Killicks. Yet when Joe Starks comes along, she makes the choice to leave with him, & begin her life anew in a different town. This is the first step toward developing her own life.

Yet she soon finds out that she is no better off, & in fact, she must separate her true self from her social self. She wears a mask...

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