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  • Chapter 6, 215-217
  • Chapter 6, 215-217
  • “Janie did what she had never done before, that is, thrust herself into the conversation. "Sometimes God gits familiar wid us womenfolks too and talks… you don’t know half as much ‘bout us as you think you do. It’s so easy to make yo’self out God Almighty when you ain’t got nothin’ tuh strain against but women and chickens." "You getting’ too moufy, Janie," Starks told her. "Go fetch me de checker-board and de checkers."” (6.215-217)
  • “This business of the head-rag irked her endlessly. But Jody was set on it. Her hair was NOT going to show in the store. It didn’t seem sensible at all. That was because Joe never told Janie how jealous he was. He never told her how often he had seen the other men figuratively wallowing in it as she went about things in the store...That night he ordered Janie to tie up her hair around the store. That was all. She was there in the store for him to look at, not those others. (6.31)”
  • Chapter 6, 31
  • For too long, Joe Starks had put Janie in her place as a silent woman. His character killed her lively spirit, and added to the fact that Janie’s marriage is not love. Janie breaks out of the traditional role of the silent, obedient woman and speaks her mind to the men, Joe then puts Janie right back in her place as a woman who should be seen but not heard. 
  • This connects to the theme of the story because it relates to how Janie's dream and perception of love and marriage still is not fulfilled Her childlike charisma and dream of romance still exist in her, however Joe continuously pots her down and treats her like the mule of the Earth.
  • This connects to the theme of the story because Janie's hair is a symbol of her power and identity. Joe is literally stripping her of her femininity and youth. He is jealous of all the attention she is getting and will treat Janie with disrespect. His goal is to control every aspect about her, and treats her as if she is not human. Janie is overall disheartened by this and again her sense of "what love should be" diminishes. 
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