What is the importance of Janie's return to Eatonville?

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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 watch Janie come down the street, make "burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs," but Janie ignores them and continues to walk to her house.  Unlike them, Janie has been "a delegate to de big 'ssociation of life."  She has truly lived and loved, and realized that "de dream is de truth"...

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