She comes to understand that her spirituality and morality are not things to be found, but things to be built within each individual. However, Killicks wants a domestic helper rather than a lover or partner; he thinks Janie does not do enough around the farm and that she is ungrateful.
On top of all the physical labor expected from her, Janie endured physical beatings from her male counterpart. Starks hits her as hard as he can.
From her marriage to Logan Killicks to Tea Cake, Janie was forced to acknowledge where she stood as a female in her relationship. Throughout the novel, she utilizes an interesting narrative structure, splitting the presentation of the story between high literary narration and idiomatic discourse.
Finding the small town residents unambitious, Starks arranges to buy more land, establishes a general store which he has built by local residents, and is soon elected as mayor of the town.
Several prominent academics, including Henry Louis Gates, Jr. With one last hope, Janie engaged in a marriage with Tea Cake, a much younger soul, and things finally seemed to look up for her, even though she was still expected to help in the fields and tend to her womanly duties.
Nanny tried to create a good life for her daughter, but Leafy was raped by her school teacher and became pregnant with Janie. Overall, throughout her marriages, Janie experienced the hardships that most African American women went through at that time.
Race[ edit ] While the novel is written about black people in the South, it is not primarily a book about racism. Eventually, she cannot bear it and snaps back at Joe to look at himself.
Throughout the book, Janie is often without a voice when it comes to her husbands as she will not fight back. He does not realize that he has a failing kidney, a likely fatal illness.
After Starks dies, Janie becomes financially independent through his estate. For example, Joe forces her silence in the store, a public—and therefore, male—space. The story of her journey is framed in the story of her return to Eatonville, where she lived with her second husband, Joe.
Eventually, she ran away, leaving her daughter Janie with Nanny. Janie finds her independence as a woman after the death of Tea Cake. Rather than acting submissive to Jody, Janie for a brief moment contends with Jody by telling him how men misunderstand women. The story begins as follows:Transcript of Biblical Allusions in Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Judgement Day Pear Tree Conclusions The novel progresses chronologically with the Bible. Biblical Allusions in Their Eyes Were Watching God Analyze the symbolic incorporation of the tree. their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if HE meant to.
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