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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, what is the significance of the mule?

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The rich symbolism that is given to the figure of the mule in this excellent novel clearly concerns both the position of black women in this world but also provides a comment on the character of Janie's first husband, Logan. Consider how her grandmother uses the figure of the mule to comment on the hardships of being a black woman in their world:

So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick...

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Interesting - thank you. What are your thoughts on the significance of the talking buzzards at the mule's funeral?

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