Their Eyes Were Watching GodNora Neale HurstonCompilation of: Miss Alexanders Pre-AP English II Classes
Key Plot EventsQuotesTheme Janie returns Townsfolk begin rumor mongering Janie briefly converses with townsfolk Janie informs Phoebe of Tea Cakes deathShips at a distance have every mans wish on boardthat is the life of men. (Page 1)Now, women forget all these things they want to rememberthey act and do things accordingly, (Page 1)Endurance is key to survival in this life.
Key Plot Events Janie realizes her image of love.Nanny saw Johnny Taylor kissing Janie. Nanny tells Janie that she needs to get married right away. Nanny tells the story about her mother. QuotesAh aint never see mah papa. An ah didnt know Im if ah did. Mah mama neither.she was gone from around dere long before Ah waz big enough tuh know. Mah grandma raised me. Mah grandma and de white folks she worked wid. Yeah,Janie, youse got yo womanhood on yuh. So Ah mout ez well tell yuh whut Ah been savin up for uh spell.Ah wants to see you married right away.
ThemeDo not settle for anything less than you deserve.
Key Plot Events
Janie and Logan got married( pg.21) Janie talked to Nanny about not loving Logan(pg.22-24) Nanny died(pg.24) Janie became a woman(pg.25)Significant Quotes
Janies first dream was dead, so she became a woman(pg.25) Ah could throw ten acres of it over de fence every day and never look back to see where it fell. Ah feel de same way bout Killicks too(pg.23-24)Theme
Key Plot Events Logan stops expressing his love for Janie. (pg.26) Logan wants Janie to do hard work. (pg. 26) Janie meets Joe Starks for the first time. (pg.28) Logan and Janie get in a fight, so Janie runs away with Joe Starks and gets married before the day is done. (pgs.30-33)Significant QuotesIf Ah kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh tote it inside. (pg. 26) Janie, if you think Ah aims to tole you off and make a dog outa you. Youse wrong. Ah wants to make a wife outa you. (pg.29)Theme-You should not mistreat somebody or else they may find something better.
Move to EatonvilleBuy landJody becomes mayorJodys interruptionmy wife dont know nothin bout no speech-makingshes uh woman (page 43)Ah aimed to be a big voice. (page 46)Females subordinance
Yellow mule Jody gets mule Mules funeral Jody slaps Janie.he slapped her face in the kitchen. pg. 71 last paragraph Jody, dat was a mighty fine thing fuh ya tuh do. Pg. 58 5th paragraph. Things arent always what they seem.
Janie reevaluates her life & Jody. Jody ages and criticizes Janie Janie confronts Jody Jody loses his temper and dignity.She got nothing from Jody except what money could buy(pg. 76)Talkin bout me lookin old! When you pull down yo britches, you look lak de change uh life. (pg. 79)Even a tiny flame still burns.
Sleeping in different beds Falling ill. Trying to reconcile. His death. After that night Jody Pg 81 Come people! Jody is dead. Mah husband is gone from me Pg 81
Chapter 9- Janie Finds Freedom
*Janie attends Joes funeral*Janie gains freedom*Janies angry at her grandmother for always making her settle on things.*Many men come looking to pursue Janie but she does not accept them
Ah jus loves dis freedom. page 93she had been whipped like a cur dog, and run off down a back road after things. page 89Janies newfound freedom allows her to true ambitions.
Chapter 10- Heres to New Beginnings. * The town is empty for the day.* Tea Cake meets Janie at the store while she is alone. * Tea Cake suggests a game of chess.* On the walk home Janie thinks she is developing feelings for him. Somebody thought it natural for her to play. Page 96. Look at how shed been able to talk to him right off. Page 99.
Janie realizes she can have a better life. She sees her chance at a new beginning.
Chapter 11- Trusting love Janie begins to think that Tea Cake is taking advantage of her wealth. Hezekiah tells Janie Tea Cake is low for a women like her. Janie crushes Tea Cake when she reveals that she only likes him as a good friend.TTea Cake feels that his feelings are real for Janie.? You need tellin and showin, and dats whut Ahm doin. pg. 107 my likes and dislikes ought not tuh make no difference wid you, Tea Cake.Pg. 104In this chapter Janie is finding out Tea Cakes real feelings for her. She thinks about Tea Cake and if his feelings are true or if he is taking advantage of her wealth.
Chapter 12- Following Janies Heart*Town begins to notice Janie and Tea Cake.*Pheobys husband tells Pheoby to talk to Janie about Tea Cake.*Pheoby talks to Janie about Tea Cake.*Janie tells Pheoby how she feels and her plans.Git up on uh high chair pg.114Dis is uh a love gamepg. 114In this chapter, Janie is opening up and admitting to Pheoby that she loves Tea Cake and she is willing to give him a shot at marriage. Because now, she is marrying for love and herself, and for nothing else.
Chapter 13 Finding Fish Reunited Again Tea Cakes Specialty Blood Shed Ahll tell yuh. You done married one de best Pg.125 Put dat two hudred back with de rest, Janie. Mah dice Pg.128
Key PlotsCant lose between the beans and diceJanie's getting better than the boysNew NeighborsA completely new line of work QuotesNaw, naw, Janie. Ah know bettern dat so Ah wont be losin time comin home. Tea Cake (pg 133)Ah naw, honey. Ah laks it we aint got nothin tuh do but do our work and come home and love. -Janie (pg 133)
A new and different life, but still a likeable one.
Chapter 15 Janie spots Tea Cake Tea Cake plays back The Explanation Janie finally listens
Ah blieve you been messin (pg. 137) Youse something tuh make (pg.138)
Key PlotsJanie gets to know Mrs. Turner.Janie and Mrs. Turners Brother.Mrs. Turner makes Tea Cake mad. Plans to get rid of Mrs. Turner QuotesPg 140 These things set her a side from NegroesPg 144 Tea Cake said, Yo wife dont seem tuh have nothin much tuh do
Tea Cake whips Janie. Tea Cake boasts about Janies fortunes and his power over her. A fight breaks out in Turners restaurant.Mrs. Turner decides she is moving to Palm Beach.
Janie is wherever Ah wants tuh be. Dats de kind uh wife she is and Ah love her for it. page 148What kinda man is you, Turner? You see dese no count niggers come in heah and break up mah place! How kin you set and see yo wife trompled on? You aint no kinda man at all. page 152Theme: Possession
People gathered to have dances behind Tea Cakes house.Janie notices several groups of Native Americans leaving.Tea Cake gets bit on the face. Tea Cake, Janie, and Motor Boat get a late start searching for higher ground.
The wind came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last timeThey seemed to be staring in the dark , but their eyes were watching God. p.160Janie feeling sorry about Tea Cake getting bit, Tea Cake says, Hed uh raised hell though if he had uh grabbed me un inch higher and bit me in mah eye. Yuh cant buy eyes in de store, yuh know. p.166Theme: Faith is everything to a friendship.
The clean up of the hurricane. Tea Cake gets sick when he bitten by a rabid dog. Janie shoots and kills Tea Cake. Janie goes to court.
But something Sop had told him made his tongue lie cold and heavy like a dead lizard between his jaws. page 179.
The Fiend in him must kill and Janie was the only thing living he saw. page 184.Theme: Forgiveness is everything.
Janie gives away everything except for a package of seeds. Moves back to Eatonville. There is hope for the future. The memories of Tea Cake will never die.
Love is lak the sea. ..it takes its shape from the shores it meets, and its different from every shore. page 191 Two things everybodys got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got to go tuh Godthey got tuh find out about livin fuh theyselves. page 192Theme: Sometimes change is for the better.