The pear tree is not only a representation of Janie's life - blossoming, death, metamorphosis, and rebirth - but also the spark of curiosity that sets Janie on her quest for self-discovery. Which symptom is particularly alarming to Janie? Six eyes were questioning God. Her marriage with Logan Killicks consisted of dull, daily routines. Explain the connotative mean- ings of this phrase. In a moment of intense anger, Janie reveals to Jody that he has been and is on his death-bed, a statement that Jody initially perceives as an insult, but quickly accepts as truth. How does she end up responding? The story is told through a narrator and is told in past tense, like Janie was telling her story. The novel takes place in southern Florida, in the early 1900s.
She rips off her head-rag, freeing her imprisoned hair, but then realizes that she must appear to be mourning. He was a glance from God. Tea Cake represents the first man who truly appreciates Janie for who she is, and enjoys her for herself. Joe later insults her in front of the town to draw their attention away from his own growing age, treating her as if she is only their to act as his resource, not his wife. He could be a bee in blossom—a pear tree in blossom in the spring. How does she feel about wearing it? They also provide housing for Nanny and Janie and help raise Janie as one of their own children.
Tea Cake is the only one of her lovers that truly accepts her, does not try to change her, and respects her. Went to Barnard College where she studied anthropology with Franz Boas. Just as Janie's idea of her perfect relationship. One of their favorite targets is Matt Bonner, owner of a malnourished mule. Janie's Head Wrap This symbolizes Joe Starks, and how he held her back just as the head wrap holds Janie's hair back. This is a great example of her strength and what her hair really represents. What does Janie find under his pillow? It focuses mainly on archetypal patterns in text.
Ah done been tuh de horizon and back and now Ah kin set heah in mah house and live by comparisons. He becomes crazed and insane from the rabies, and tries to hurt Janie. Joe then dies, freeing Janie from his abusive reign. She perfectly exemplifies how black woman in particular were treated as opposed to black men and what the expectations were that society had for them both. Summary: Chapter 8 After the confrontation, Jody moves into another room in the house. Life with Jody was a disappointment from the beginning of their marriage. Having recognized her capacity for self-defense and expression, Janie uses language to push Jody fully toward his demise; despite her initial feelings of ambivalence regarding Jody's death, Janie ultimately recognizes his deterioration as a sign of her own freedom: Janie is able to express her belief that her husband is and has been a tyrant at the same moment that she informs him of his death.
It destroyed many things and shows that nature is very powerful. When Jody buys Matt Bonner's decrepit mule, the mule becomes a focal point for local lore. She was always in a state of loneliness with herself. Zora Neal Hurston addresses these general human problems in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Joe is bedridden and refuses to see Janie. The doctor examines Jody and determines that his kidneys have stopped working and that he will soon die.
Compare these to a photo of the actor Michael Ealy, who played Tea Cake in the lm adaptation of the novel. Symbols are literary devices used in novels, short stories, poems and many other forms of literature to represent an abstract idea. Nunkie A girl who flirts with Tea Cake constantly and erects jealousy in Janie. . He looked like the love thoughts of women. This shows that she is able to put herself first, even in front of the man she loves dearly.
Most of her time was spent cooking and she almost always wore her apron. Overall this novel is can send a great message no matter what view the reader interprets it from. The men are not the only characters who see the traditional take on gender relations strong men, obedient women as necessary and worthwhile. Jody pleads with Janie to stop but she continues. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. Why is this an important symbol for the town? Through her marriages with Logan, Joe, then Tea Cake she figures out what is for her and how she wants to live.
But Jody was set on it. Later she finds Joe and believes that she is valuable because of her looks, and he just sees her as a possession and not his wife but this does not last. What does she tell them about women? When interpreting the text of this novel from the view of mythological criticism one would see a few specific things. What does his response suggest about his attitude towards Janie? The time was past for asking the white folks what to look for through that door. He dies, and she thinks about all the time that has passed since she met him. Out of these three types the type of criticism that seems to be the most closely related to the Christian worldview is that of psychological criticism. This type of clothing was practical for working on the muck, so she wore them.
How does the use of alliteration increase the effectiveness of the language? What are his rst symptoms? Examine the final paragraph of the chapter. Janie, feeling herself opening like the petals of a flower, yearns to delve into the unfamiliar - to find the sweet marriage represented by the bees and blossoms. She also wrote the plays called The Great Day and From Sun to Sun. It is now that Janie changes her attire from the garments of widowhood to something a little brighter. How does the use of figurative language impact the tone of the novel? What life did Nanny want for her daughter? How does Janie respond to his actions? What ended up happening to her? Because of this, she ended up marrying her first husband, Logan Killicks. While married to Janie, he would not allow her to attend the people's gatherings believing that she does not belong to such a group of lower class people.