“Ah looked at de picture a long time and seen it was mah dress and mah hair so Ah said: "'Aw, aw! Ah'm colored'" (Hurston 9).
someone please tell me he is kidding
"Somebody got to think for women and chillun and chickens and cows. I god, they show don’t think none themselves. Ah knows uh few things, and womenfolks thinks sometimes too! Aw naw they don’t. They just think they thinking’. When Ah see one thing Ah understands ten. You see ten things and don’t understand one.”(Hurston 70)
"He looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom – a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps. Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took. Spices hung about him. He was a glance from God” (Hurston 101).
The setting of West Florida is where Janie grew up. In the novel the theme of race and racism is not the most prevalent theme but, in the setting of west Florida the theme of race was revealed once Janie first found out she was ‘colored’. This occurred when she saw a picture of herself for the first time. This realization comes as a shock to Janie, since all her life she has lived with white people, with the exception of Nanny. This shapes Janie because she seems to define herself by the community she lives with, not just by her skin color. Living in West Florida also furthers the story due to the fact that Janie got married for the first time here and it indicated a shift in plot. Getting married to Logan was not something Janie enjoyed but she did it for Nanny. However, at the end of her relationship with Logan, Janie went off with Joe Starks to leave West Florida on their way to Eatonville. This furthered the story in the fact that Janie experienced marriage for the first time and experienced something new and with the fact that marrying Logan led her to ultimately leave her hometown in West Florida.
The setting of Eatonville is the first setting introduced at the beginning of the novel when Janie goes back to Eatonville and tells Pheoby the story of her life. Eatonville adds authenticity and cultural heritage to the narrative of the novel because it is an all-black community that generates a pride in their township. Janie arriving in Eatonville furthers the story by allow many opportunities to come up, with Joe he becomes mayor of the town and Janie is able to work in the store and be the mayor’s wife. This is not like anything she has experienced before. However, the theme of gender roles appears frequently in Eatonville, especially because of Janie’s relationship with Joe. He expressed his views by telling Janie that women are on the same level, intellectually as children and animals. He pushed the view onto Janie without consider what it would feel to be a woman. Where Janie speak out Joe he becomes more assertive and sticks with her view. Joe’s stereotypical gender views is how the novel explores the traditional theme of gender roles. This shapes Janie because she starts to become isolated by Joe who does not let her socialize with any of the townspeople.Additionally, Joe abuses Janie and refuses to allow her to have a voice, this allows Janie to learn about his ability to speak out against the abuse Joe has been putting her through.
The Everglades is where Tea Cake and Janie’s relationship becomes stronger. Tea Cake once stole Janie’s money and spent it on a party for his friends and causes Janie to feel extremely jealousy when sneaking off with Nunkie. However, this all ties back to the strength in their love which is a reoccurring theme. Through all that happens between them, their undying love for each other always allows them to come back even stronger. An example is with Nunkie, where after Janie finds them together, her and Tea Cake makeup and they express their love. Janie at that time needed Tea Cake to tell her that he does not love Nunkie, but loves her. Love is prevalent with Tea Cake who to Janie he was her pear tree love. The theme of love also shapes Janie by allowing her to find the fulfillment and independence she has spent her life searching for. Tea Cake’s love gave her all that. The Everglades furthers the story with the fact that this is what Janie has been searching for all her life and she has found a personage she truly loves no matter what they do, this is an important shift in plot, because before in her life Janie married men who she never really felt that pear tree love after a while of being with them. Tea Cake is different and they grow and love together. In the Everglades, Janie shapes into having a feeling of freedom because Tea Cake is the first man Janie has loved that cared for her opinion. She felt free to discover many new things, this includes working out on the fields and learning how to shoot.