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  • " Folkses, de sun is goin' down. De Sun-maker brings it up in de mornin', and de sun-maker sends it tuh bed at night. Us poor weak humans can't do nothin' tuh hurry it up nor slow it down."
  • "...You got uh town so you freed uh mule. You have tuh have power tuh free things and dat makes you lak uh king uh something." 
  • HIs propsperious-looking belly that used to thrust out so pugnaciously and intimidate folks, sagged like a load suspended from his loins.
  • Joe installs the first street lamp in a colored town. The figurative language is personification and it is used to capture the idea that as a colored town they have equal power as any other town. The town along with a new beginning creates a voice. 
  • Why must Joe be so mad with her for making him look so small when he did it to her all the time?
  • Freeing the mule becomes figurative language because Joe does not show much compassion and love to Janie. The act of freeing the mule was not because he loved the mule. In a way he was trying to buy Janie's obedience. 
  • " behind her veil. It was like a wall of stone and steel...inside the expensive black folds were resurrection and life...She sent her face to Joe’s funeral and herself went rollicking with the springtime across the world."
  • The figurative language of simile is used  to emphasize the slowing transition of Joe Starks that used to take control and intimidate people but the chapter reveals how it is preventing him from desiring more power. In addition, Janie is gradually gaining freedom from Joe as he deteriorates. 
  • Yuh can’t beat uh woman. Dey jes won’t stand fuh it. But Ah’ll come teach yuh agin. You gointuh be uh good player too, after while.
  • you reckon so? Jody useter tell me Ah never would learn. it wuz too heavy fuh mah brains.
  • The use of metaphor describes the relationship between Joe and Janie as both are not satisfied being with each other. Throughout their marriage, Joe has continued to perceive Janie as incapable compared to men so when Janie stood up for herself, making herself in control in front of Joe, it humiliated him.
  • The use of simile of "stone and steels" represent how her feelings were as strong as those materials and there was no grief for Joe as he died. She also expressed how her life had been revived once again after Joe could not take control of her life.
  • Janie's words of personification of learning chess is too heavy for her brain shows how women in that time period were not expected to do the same recreational activities as men, however Tea Cake opposes that idea and sees women as equals. 
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