Their Eyes Were Watching GodNotes
Chapter 1:Beginning of the Novel: The novel starts with an epigrammatic statement, which highlights a theme which is the search for dreams, this is done in poetic language that creates a dreamy mood that suits the purpose of the writer For example the metaphor of the ship that carries the mens wishes aboard (Extended Metaphor). More images are incorporated in the first paragraph such as the person of time, which somehow reminds us of the mythological representation of abstracts in Greek mythology, thus time is given a supernatural quality and at the same time establishes the writers own version of mythological quality. The beginning also establishes gender differences while concentrating on women and thus establishes the main character that is the female heroin. This is unusual in the African literature where focus was on male heroes. The beginning creates mystery towards Janies character, and this results from the reaction of the Porch-sitters when they saw her, and their intrigue regarding what she has being doing Third Person Omniscient, in order to see the events through various characters perspectives. In addition to having collective dialogue, as if they (Porch-sitters) were one unit that expose threat towards Janies character, The porch couldnt talk for looking Porch represents the Porch-sitters (Synec Doche) Mouth all-mighty they pass judgment on other people believing they have the capability of doing that based on appearances. A glimpse of the main character is given early in the beginning of the novel. She has experienced a journey, Come back from burying the dead. Shes also represented as an object of societys envy, as well as their gossip, which is indicated through, seeing the woman that she was Through the collective dialogue, the main character Janie is presented through the eyes of the society (Porch-sitters). We are told that she ran away with a younger man, and we are told that he does not belong to her class. We are also told that she is desirable through the description of her figure by men watchers, the men noticed her buttocks On the other hand, women feel jealous of Janie, therefore they store memories of what they consider are her weakest moments, Shes overalls instead of the blue satin dress in order to be used as a weapon against her strength, and in order to bring her down to their level. Language of the beginning is poetic and selective Establishes the dreamy mood and the mythological The book represents the African American society, two generations after the emancipation of slaves The authority of the white man (boss man) is still placed on the people, and his authority was also associated to powerful natural elements such as the sun, giving the overpowering quality to the white men, which dehumanizes and emasculates the black men The moments were the boss man and the sun left, they felt powerful and human, they became lords of metaphors indicates that they seek superiority through passing judgments on more vulnerable people, to compensate their feeling of inferiority. The woman didnt pay attention to the Porch-sitters! The sentences used her memory against her, shows that there is a criticism towards society. Through the images we realize that the society poses a threat towards Janie (Theyre described as monsters) The images that represent the society are threatening, since it represents the thoughts of the porch-sitters as monsters, They chewed up the physical image as if they are enjoying gossiping about Janie, as if they are enjoying the eating of flesh They made burning statements with questions A mood comes alive / mass cruelty threatening images and mood are caused by the statements and judgments of the porch-sitters The book begins at the end of things, Janie burying the dead The framework of the novel (structure) and the main conflict were conveyed Flashback beginning We are introduced in the beginning to Janies confidante Phoebe she externalizes the main characters thoughts and feelings Janie trusts Phoebe, since Phoebe criticizes the porch-sitters with Janie (Page 7 and 8) Yeah Sam say most of em here in overhalls Mouth all-Mighty (Page 7) Synec Doche Janie and Tea Cake were of different classes (Different level of wealth) in addition to the fact that he was much younger than Janie (The society speculated that he was going to run away with a younger women than her) Phoebe is a worthy confidante since she defended Janie after the gossips of the porch-sitters Few years of their age Janie was involved with a younger man, which gave her a younger look, Janie also looks younger than her age She criticizes the contradicting religious behavior of the society Praying to God at night The end of Chapter 1 establishes the narrative technique of story telling, by having Janie telling her story to Phoebe, as the readers are prepared to go into a flashback into the past in Janies memories, however the situation itself having Janie sitting with Phoebe, telling her a story, reminds us of the oral tradition of narration (story telling) story telling was one of the most common ways of transmitting ethics Since the African Americans were illiterate, they didnt write the events, therefore they relied more on story telling!! The writer is trying to establish literary heritage for African Americans African Americans were stripped of their base culture and origin as they were taken by America, hence they were trying to create their own culture and identity, such as the case of the writer She placed the characters of the story in situations of people from her past culture The writer is trying to create a new culture for the African Americans, as she was criticized by critics regarding her unorthodox use of the characters in that time. Since usually at that time, the works had to be protesting the situation of slavery with bitterness, and she was criticized that she made the African Americans life easy with no major issues. The writer represented the society as pseudo-primitive that is humorous for white people, as if it was a laughing stock for white people Black people were not depicted as victims in this novel. Janie was the hero that was the investment of folk tradition of black people, as the character was on a quest for her own identity, which will end up positively, as she was successful in seeking her ambitions This takes her back to her origins The book affirms the black culture to empower BLACK WOMEN!!!!! Each starting line of each chapter of the novel sets the mood of the chapter and adds a glimpse towards the upcoming events. The author establishes the narrative in the starting lines of each chapter.
Chapter 2: The starting line of the chapter starts off with the narrative technique (Metaphor) of comparing Janie to a pear tree, to which Janie describes her development in life and the phases of her life. In addition to the sexual development through the life cycle of the tree. Confused identity they used to call her alphabet preparation for the theme of searching for identity Janie is a molato! It was assumed that her father raped her mother Relation between puberty of Janie to the pear tree (page 14) After the grandmother has seen Janie kissing the boy (page 17) she asks her to get married, since she doesnt want to her to pass through the phase that her mother faced when she allegedly got raped by a white man / The family doesnt afford to get pregnant and have a new child in the family I dont want any trashy n***** (page 17) Grandmother: We feel sympathy for the Grandmother since:1) Background: Shes an ex-slave:We always have to link our knowledge to our interpretation and analysis of certain events of the novel
Shes more protective (Moved out of the Washburns to establish an identity for Janie) She also inhibited Janie from making her own decisions and experience life She had financial trouble She desired financial security for Janie She has low self-worth Shes dependent on others for life Shes scared of life Shes dehumanized / humiliated / emasculated (men) The women is the mule of the world (Page 19) The mule represents labor and a animal that is led by others, its an appropriate analogy as black women are in a lower social class than black men, hence the humiliation of the black men leads their anger to be released on the black women, and for them to become subservient White man throws the load. 2) Relationship between Janie & her grandmother The only way she can make sure that Janie is not humiliated is by making sure Janie is not taken advantage of by other menWe always have to make predictions regarding upcoming events, to witness the similarities between our prediction and what actually happened in the events of the novel
Janies independence is threatened as she cant live her teenage years due to her grandmothers overprotectiveness Please dont make my burden too heavy for me the grandmother is scared for Janie and doesnt want her to experience the situations that the grandmother faced Marriage is presented as a sense of security and stability for the black women The grandmother wants Janie to get married to a black man of a high social class I wanted you to pick from a higher bush and a sweeter berry. First Stage in Janies Journey:1) Marrying Logan Killicks
16 Years Old50 60 Years Old
BeautifulNot Good Looking
Not Financially SecuredFinancially Secured (60 Acres)
Dreamy AmbitionsDown to Earth
As if Janie is now a slave to a black man, and cannot achieve her dreamy ambitions Shes a mule for Logan Janie doesnt feel love for Logan, and when she complains to her grandmother, her grandmother pacifies her to prevent her from preventing the marriage The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree (Page 18) The author wants the black society to get out of the slave mentality You dont want to be the representation of bad experience that occurred in the past You have to break free from the past experiences and have your individuality and identity Janie doesnt want to be married to Logan, yet her grandmother wants her to be grateful, If you dont want himgive em away (Page 31) A black women at that time wasnt capable of marrying a women whos financially stable Grandmother doesnt want her to pass through the same experience that Janies mother passed through, She was only seventeen a cracked plate (Page 26-27) The guilt trip continues from the grandmother using faulty reason to compel her Janie got married to Logan knowing that she doesnt love him, and that marriage didnt represent love
Chapter 3: There is a basin in the mind where words float around by thought, (Page 33): The writer describes the brain as a part that contains reason, and a part that forces us to take actions based on emotions Janie is driven by emotions, since her emotions are more developed than her grandmothers emotions Janie is independent The writer uses a lot of imagery, which causes the novel to become dreamy and places the reader in a metaphysical state, which causes us to think in a more sophisticated manner that is deeper The use of dialect causes the readers to understand the environment of the events, and become closer to the characters of the novel She knew thing that nobody had ever told her (Page 33) Janie is presented as a natural human being whos in touch with nature, she wanted her tree to bloom She was waiting for the gate for a way out of the situation shes living in She knew the world was a stallion (Page 33) Metaphorical representation of freedom The stallion (male horse) represents Janie waiting for her knight to save her from the situation shes currently in Aether is the pure upper air that Greek Gods breathed God tore down the old world by sun-up (Page 33) She has hope that the situation will get fixed The author creates her own mythological depiction of events contradicting to the typical religions it was a basic need for the author to create his own mythological world to depict the ongoing events Its not necessary to give up dreams to become an adult She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janies first dream was dead, so she became a woman. (Page 34) Its a combination of positive and negative statement, when dreams are dead you become more realistic and mature, however it also means that she became down to earth and she stops dreaming for the character that she set up for herself in the future.
Chapter 4: Logan stopped being romantic with Janie, and started to use her for manual labor Janie is outspoken since shes young, yet she stands up for herself and defends herself regarding her husbands orders Just as stiff first chip (Page 35) Logan is planning on buying a mule for Janie to start working with him in farming, manual labor Jodie held an attitude of a white man Like Mr. Washburn The entrance of Jodie to Janies life was the reemergence of her love life Janie starts flirting with Jodie Water pumping Joe Sparks is Ambitious Controlling Classy Hardworking The writer employs different narrative perspectives to tell the story of Janie, the dominant perspective is the third person omniscient, which tells the story from an external point of view. We can feel the writer behind the story, with her comments on Janies progress, or for example when she comments on the ships that carry mans wish on board. Another type of narrative perspective is free indirect speech, through which the writer brings us into the head of the characters, as a result we are to experience thoughts and feelings without the intervention of the narrator, in this case, we can pick up the tone and the kind of language the character would use, such as in the case of Joe starks in chapter 4 introducing himself to Janie, or for example the questions the porch-sitters were asking themselves about Janie in chapter 1, in these two cases we get to know the tone and language used beyond the dialogue Issues started to emerge between Logan and Janie!!!! You behind a plow special for you (Page 39) Love developed between Janie and Joe Emotional connection Unlike Logan, Joe will not force Janie to work in labor Baby doll Janie will only be an item that Joe uses for decoration and attraction Just like white southern women Janie didnt respond with love to Joe she admired him as he aided her in the journey to her dream she didnt open up to him he didnt represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees (Page 39) Janie confronts Joe (Page 40) Janie made her change for her, not for Joe, Janie hurried out (Page 43) The apron represents imprisonment, as Janie was free after she removed (Page 43) Foreshadowing that Joe will have a high position in society, It sat like some high, ruling chair (Page 44) Blooming of the pear tree Didnt bloom for Logan nor Joe
Chapter 5: As soon as Joe reaches the town he demands to become the mayor of the town Janie slowly becomes a material that Joe shows off to the society He didnt was anyone else to rank with her (Page 54) Joe wants to rank himself over the people of the town, through ranking Janie above the women Joe kept buying lands as soon as he entered the town He built a store in the town which granted him a lot of money Joe started gaining attention of people and gaining connections Hes running for mayor Joe keeps believing that hes superior and a god-like figure He gained his position swiftly, showing his great ambition Joe stopped Janie from stating her speech Janie made her faceTook the bloom off of thingsInvested with his new dignityof her thoughts. (Page 58) Joe was full of himself with pride and dignity, yet Janie felt left out and shadowed by her husband, denying her the right to state the speech, which annoyed her But the whole townof the occasion (Page 59) Joe wants to showcase all his actions and all that towns, hence he wants people to talk about him, thus he also showcases Janie as his wife Joe started using the people of town as slaves, ironic to the situation black society were experiencing (emancipation of slavery) There was something about more tangible (Page 62) Despite the fact that Eatonville as the first all black people town, was supposed to establish equality among black people, a thing they didnt find in the whit mans world, class stratification started among themselves when Jody Starks classes himself off from the rest of the society, by surrounding himself with fanciful things, such as a house, that was different from everybody elses in the town, a store, which became the center of trade and social life, and a beautiful wife, who was half white whom he wanted to look and act like a southern bell. The author used spittoon which was a white mans habit, that Joe also copies in addition to the fancy pot he bought for spittoon Mayor Post Master Landlord Store Keeper (Page 63) Exaggeration of his position in society He bought the swing-around chair as it was a symbol beaucracy, and his authority over the people of town People feel that Joe is using them, as he was the boss man who created social classes in the people of the town. Like things were kept from them (Page 64) Free Indirect Speech / Disclosure One of you color youd rather not (Page 64) Any man who walks in the way of power and property is bound to meet hate (Page 64) Its a sin and uh shame do he want? (Page 65) Questioning the methods of Joe Starks (Capitalism) Firing and hiring people in jobs The black man is cruel over people of his own race. The black people experienced slavery for such a long time, that they couldnt perform actions that can develop their town and progress and improve Ah know dat toosound of his voice (Page 65) Joe is using the people and abused his power However, the people of the society took advantage of Joe, due to his personality Speakin of windsseat of his pants. (Page 66) The controlling nature of Joe was built deep within him The town had a basketfultown bowed down. (Page 67)
Chapter 6: Every morning the world flung itself over and exposed the town to the sun (Page 68) This chapter is going to have revelations regarding the relationship between Janie and Joe Joe forced Janie to work in the store Just like Killicks Passed around the pictures (Page 68) Metaphor of passing your picture to others through the stories that are being told As if describing the stories is like drawing paintings that are passed between each other Matt Bonners abusing his mule An image of abuse People kept gossiping about Bonner and his mule Bonner starts to get angry and starts stammering He didnt want her talking after such trashy peopletoes uh Time (Page 71) Theyre wasting their time with the mule talk Joe wanted to class her off from the society, as he classed her off from his own people The figurative image used by the author shows the state of mind of Janie, yet Joe has forbidden her from painting her side of the canvas. Janie didnt enjoy working in the store, since she wasnt good in math, she felt it was a waste of time (she wanted to socialize and learn about people and express her thoughts), and she didnt understand peoples handwriting Joe is becoming just like Logan, yet he has more authority than Logan Joe is jealous He forced Janie to tie her hair Her hair was attractive and different than the people of the town since she is half white Joe demonstrates her love indirectly for Janie through buying Bonners mule Janie felt sorry for the mule since it was too old and poor The society is developing into a hateful one Hatred, Negativity, Jealousy, Harshness, Heartlessness This resulted from the abuse they experienced for a long time from slavery The feeling of inferiority is returning, thus they felt empowered through abusing people Somebody gotchicken and cows (Page 95) Women in the same class as chickens and cows as they cant think for themselves He wanted her submissionhe felt he had it (Page 95) The spirit of the marriage left the bedroom (Page 95) their marriage was just for appearance and wasnt true love like before their marriage was empty, shallow, and spiritless The pear tree represents that she lost all feelings to Joe She wasnt petal-open anymore (Page 96) Never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreamsused to be (Page 96) The perception of Janie through figurative imagery regarding Joe and how her viewpoint changed Joe was not a representation of her dreams, he only draped over her dream, and was not the realistic representation of her dream Dusting pollen over her man (Page 96) Description of the pear tree in comparison to Janies love life and interweaving emotions Janie is poetic, imaginative, dreamy, and rebellious Sometimes God gitswomen and chickens (Page 100-101) This statement is articulate The fact that men are different than women, it doesnt mean that theyre smarter than women Men dont understand anything about women Its easy to place your position as God Almighty if you look down on people that are weaker
Chapter 7: Janie gave up to Jodie Starks through her face All the fight out ofsoul (Page 102) Plenty of life beneath the surface but it was kept beaten down by the wheels (Page 102) Janies spirit wasnt destroyed completely, however she wanted to tone down the tension between her and Jodie She was giving away what she didnt value (Page 102) Janie didnt value materialistic objects She convinced herself that Jodie does love her, and she feels something for him Heaven boiled down to a drop (Page 103) This marriage brought all the world to a single drop, hence she was frustrated All things became the same for Janie Perfume like urine (Page 103) The downfall of Jodie was presented through his aging process One dayabsent too (Page 103) Had been fearing for her to see (Page 104) Jodie was afraid of his physical appearance Jodie started distracting Janie from his physical appearance through describing her age and how she grew old You aint noof its skull (Page 104) Janie developed a way to understand Jodies words before he stated Jodie started insulting Janie in public, and kept mentioning her old age A woman stay to yo knees! (Page 105) He wants Janie to drop down to his level in physical appearance It was like somebody crowded (Page 105) Janie confronted Jodie Now ah aint no young gal change uh life (Page 106) She insulted Jodie and dropped him from his illusion of irresistible manliness Janie had robbedkeep on laughing (Page 107) Jodie struck her hard after she insulted him. DAYUMMMM!!!!
Chapter 8: Why must Joe be so mad with her for making him look small, when he did it to her all the time (Page 108) It aint always pleasant hand and mean (Page 109-110) He suspected that Janie was poisoning him Jodie was desperate that he went to root-doctors (Page 109) He wants to look younger to impress Janie He doesnt want her too look down on him due to his physical appearance Jodie failed to tell Janie the truth in a nice manner Detoriation of Jodies situation, as well as the hypocracy of the townspeople People came for hisself They enjoyed the power they gained from being spies over Janie from Jodies demand Personification (Greek Mythology) Death that strangeany day now (Page 112) Personification Rumor that wingless bird that shadowed over the town Wingless since it moves through word of mouth You was so busy worshipin could have (Page 115) Youse whats leftyours in me (Page 115) Metaphor, she needed to squeeze Jodie into her mind to find room Jodie prefers to die rather than admitting that Janie was right Image of young girl in the mirror (Page 116 - 117) Looking at the mirror Janie saw her younger self, as she saw her She ironed her face (Page 117) She forced herself to look sad over the death of his husband Janies hair represents her femininity!
Chapter 9: Finish. EndWailing Outside (Page 118-119) A new phase of Janies life, her spirit was not in the funeral Janie blamed her Nanny for not reaching the horizon (Page 120) Her grandmother left her only with scraps, and brought her hopes and dreams under the cloak of pity Pinched it in to to choke her (Page 120) whipped like a curl dog Janie saw the opportunity behind everything Three main words: Journey Horizon People Horizon represents the hope Journey represents finding identity and trying to reach the horizon It was important to allname of love (Page 120) Throughout her relationship with Jodie, her spirit was only pacified, not broken down. Thus with the death of Starks, the girl in the mirror was free to accomplish her life long dream
Chapter 10: Janie was enjoying her newly found freedom The chapter starts with a narrative statement, as to show sequence of the chronological events. The first time Janie and Tea Cake met was light hearted, thus seeming to be flirtatious. Janie fell for Tea Cake as he didnt undermine her, and was courteous, while Jodie classed her off and didnt allow her to have some freedom in her decisions. Janie Tea Cake treated each other as if theyve known each other for a long time, thus showing that its in fact true love, since Tea Cake didnt care about the money Janie withdrew some of her emotions since she feared that people would interfere, and start making up rumors about it. Imagery of glimmering and light was associated with this relationship Quenching the thirst of the day (Page 133)
Chapter 11: Hesitation of peoples judgments was faced by Janie Tea Cake was too young for her She didnt want to fully open up to Tea Cake (Page 134 First Paragraph) They played but Tea Cake (Page 136) Tea Cake fell of nothing (Page 136) It was so crazy from the town (Page 137) The young girl inside Janie came out (The girl in the mirror) The difference in age is one of Janies insecurities At the newel post (Page 140) She even ridiculed the association (Page 140) She couldnt hide her affection for Tea Cake, as he blossomed her tree. He looks glance from God (Page 142) When God show her shine (Page 120-121) She adopted this idea of humans to her emotional state of mind searching for love to complete her quest She found the creature she was looking for He was a glance from God (Page 142) Janie doesnt feel completely confident with her relationship with Tea Cake (Page 144) In the cool Doubt She plunged never been Tea Cake is associated with light, so she drops to a status where she doesnt glow when hes not around, thus Tea Cake makes Janie glow
Chapter 12: It was got mad Free indirect discourse Showed the tension created by societys rumors, regarding their relationship Tea Cake playing checkers (Page 147) Since people feel that Janie chose an inappropriate partner, they supposedly have the right to talk about them. Janie was closed off before, yet she chose a person of a lower social class Before the death of Jodie, it was his decision to class her off from society Janie didnt allow the society to affect her decision, so she decided to leave town As is uh love live mine (Page 152) Janie describing her grandmothers perspective, which was the fact that what the white man did was the right thing, as the black society at that time needed a role model She was borned news yet.
Chapter 13: Janie decided to leave to Jacksonville It was hard feel so wishful (Page 155) People were jealous that she didnt choose them Janie is still unconfident and fears that Tea Cake will leave her with her money Mrs. Tyler was an older woman who spent her money on materialistic things, thus Janie feared that she will wind up like her What Tea Cake actually did with Janies money (Page 161 163)
Chapter 14: Repetition of wild since she is a free spirit who appreciates taking risks and the wilderness The relationship between Tea Cake and Janie is supportive, since both of them want to develop each other and want each other to grow Both the Indians and Blacks live together in the Everglades, as they share theyre experience of oppression by the white man Sentence structure is short in order to create a happy and excited mood Dancing, fighting, singingskin like ants (Page 176) Contrast between Tea Cake and Jodie Starks Tea Cake used to sit in the doorway the same way Jodie used to sit at the porch, yet Tea Cake is more fun to be with, and people like to stay with him, while Jodie was more arrogant, and prevented Janie from sitting with him, while people didnt like sitting with him. Repetitiveness creates monotony baked beans (Page 177) yet that was not the case in this example, since repetitiveness created satisfaction, as Tea Cake didnt mind eating baked beans numerous times every week.
Chapter 16: But Mrs. Turner aside from Negroes (Page 187) Racism started to spread between the black community itself, as they feel that they were undermined for a long time that caused dehumanization, therefore they feel inferior, and start looking up to the superior, therefore mimicking the same actions that they committed. Page 193-194 Mrs. Turner was trying to influence Janie into becoming a racist. She was making fun of Mrs. Turner believes that Gods are entitled and have the right to be cruel towards their people, which is mythological, since in Greek mythology they were wrathful and cruel, thus sacrifices were made for them, unlike current religions with a merciful God. All gods dispense suffering without reason All of this is not religion, and its mainly a manner to understand Mrs. Turner, with this analogy, Mrs. Turner is shown to idolize the white race. In a psychological manner, slaves were: 1) Taken from their homeland, and stripping them from their identity2) Being tortured constantly causing them to become afraid of pain and being treated like animals3) Being denied basic human rights 4) Being only exposed to the white man as a figure to look up to Janie and Mrs. Turner werent slaves, yet were raised by parents who have the same mindset of slaves and the same ideology (Janies hatred towards her grandmother) After emancipation, the blacks still worked under the authority of the white man Thus their goals in life is to become similar to the white man A lot of imagery was used in this chapter, in addition to specific diction, which is related to the major metaphor of comparing a superior figure or a boss to a God or a Goddess Real Gods require blood Janie was considered as a God, as Mrs. Turner made a sacrifice for Janie, through clinging to Janie and trying to impress her and get close to her, in addition to sacrificing her dignity, since Janie was trying to avoid her most of the time Compared to real life, people sometimes sacrifice their dignity in order to fit in with a certain group of people
Chapter 17: Tea Cake feels insecure about losing Janie, hence he slapped her in order to reassure possession over her
Chapter 18: The HURRICANE CHAPTER! (Natural disaster which cant be controlled, that leads to change) In the beginning of the chapter, a hurricane was predicted by the Indians, however some people stayed, and didnt believe them, due to the clear blue sky and the normal weather Faulty logic Im making 8 Dollars a day, theres nothing better than this hence a hurricane cannot occur Fallacy The faulty logic was caused by Tea Cake being happy The vocabulary used foreshadowed future events, due to establishing an eerie setting Morning came without motion bush watching man Tension is being built up with the creeping of dead day Indians are being linked to natural elements and nature itself, due to their connection to it The repetition of the word watching throughout the chapter, and developing from watching to questioning God, due to the tragic events that are occurring to them The dog was shown as a supernatural power that was sent by faith to change and manipulate peoples lives Tea Cake was bit by a rabid dog, and slowly Janie starts witnessing the difference in Tea Cake and in his attitude Imagery was successful in depicting despair and suffering, The wheel kept turning and turning (Page 221) The wheel spinning represent loss of hope and the end of life (Greek Mythology) Abstracts: Havoc Time Death Sun Rumor
Chapter 19: Climax chapter Death of Tea Cake with the progression of his illness Square Toes Represents Death Sympathy is felt for Janie due to the loss of the man she waited for her entire life Page 227 The writer foreshadows the eminent death of Tea Cake later on with the description of the dead bodies as the aftermath of the hurricane. Page 233-234 Development of Tea Cakes disease Demon regarding the disease Page 237-238 Janie was deprived of the person that made her happy, thus she started asking questions about God, addressing him as he Page 246 Anticlimax, as were presented with the day she was forced to kill Tea Cake, and then the court next day was shown No process showing the killing of Tea Cake The pistol and the rifleTea Cake and Janie Anticlimax: Approaching the climax then suddenly jumping to the ending In court, the black men were judgmental regarding Janie Linked to the beginning of the book with the judgment of people about Janie in her overalls The court is judging her for an action she was forced to do Same imagery that was employed in the beginning of the book when the writer stated that the bad words and judgments they used were weapons for killing Janie was not completely devastated by Tea Cakes death, as she gained experience from her journey through marriages and various events in life. This experience was shared by Janie, to teach others (such as Phoebe) lessons she learned throughout her life. Janie mentions that these two things can only be taught if you experience them:1) Knowing God2) Living for yourself Important imagery towards the end of the novel (Page 259) Pulling the horizon with a fish-net, and draped her around her shoulders. Janie was satisfied, and achieved her dream. Unlike the people in the beginning of the novel, who wait for the horizon, and stay still, without achieving their dreams She called in her soul to come and see Janie is satisfied with what she achieved, hence she called out her soul to see what she has reached in her life Tea Cake was the sun of her life, hence he brought warmth to her life, in addition to bringing enlightenment and knowledge Tea Cake was not dead, since he kept on living in her mind. The judge doesnt allow her to speak in court, though shes articulate and is fluent in speaking But the writer used the reported speech that didnt allow Janie to speak, since it was third person omniscient Read the introduction in the beginning of the novel to see different interpretations The fact that the novel ends with the absence of Janies voice, could show that the writer is intending to make Janies voice a communal one, that when she tells Phoebe to tell her story In Chapter 20, she chooses a collective rather than an individual voice, demonstrating her closeness to the collective spirit of the African American oral tradition- Janie was capable of reaching her two main goals in life, she was looking for a place where she will immerse her roots, and be loved by people. She found this place in the Everglades. In addition, she found the love of her life.- Two supernatural elements were present:1) Hurricane2) DogBoth elements represented fate and destiny, as it tested Janies courage and patience, as the first test was in dealing with Tea Cake with the progression of his illness, the second test was when she had to kill Tea Cake. The third test was in surviving life after the death of Tea Cake
- Another supernatural element was in the Greek mythology refrences:Sun was represented as a human being that walks on the sky and leaves his footprints (Apollo)Death was represented as square toesRumors was represented as a monsterTea Cake was always represented as a light and holy figure (spirit of God). Like a creature crushing the scent/ He is a glance of God
- In the cool of the afternoonat Janies ear (Page 144).Choose one of the following questions to write a response of no less than 500 words:1.Throughout Janie's life, she searches for true, unconditional love. In her search, she experiences different kinds of love. Describe the types of love she experiences. Which type of love has the most impact on her life? In the end, has Janie experienced true love, and, if so, has it changed her?2.What role does Mrs. Turner play in the novel? Does Hurston use the character to make a universal statement about bigotry (intolerance, racism, narrow-mindedness)?3.The pear trees, bees, and the horizon occur in several instances inTheir Eyes Were Watching God. Discuss the significance of these symbols and metaphors in the novel.4.What is the role of the porch sitters inTheir Eyes Were Watching God? How do they contribute to the novel?5.What is the significance of the titleTheir Eyes Were Watching Godto the novel? Why would Hurston have chosen it?