Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

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  • ""…but Ah’m uh man even if Ah is de Mayor. But de mayor’s wife is somethin’ different again. Anyhow they’s liable tuh need me tuh say uh few words over de carcass, dis bein’ uh special case. But you ain’t goin’ off in all dat mess uh commonness."... "So gradually, pressed her teeth together and learned to hush. The  spirit of the marriage had left the bedroom..." pg 71 The use of personification of "her teeth learning to hush" helps build the characterization of Janie. In this scene where Janie isn't allowed to attend the mules funeral, her personality of defenselessness with Jody is revealed, in her attempt to find happiness. Additionally the personality of Jody is revealed as controlling and over confident/
  • "Then Joe Starks realized all the meanings and his vanity bled like a flood. Janie had robbed him of his illusion of irresistible maleness that all men cherish which was terrible... So he had struck Janie with all his might and drove her from the store." pg 79 & 80 The metaphor used in this scene help build the characterization of Jody feeling as if he needed to be in control. 
  • "A deep sob came out of Jody's weak frame. It was like beating a bass drum in a hen-house. Then it rose high like pulling in a trombone."... "And now you got tuh die huh find out dat you got uh pacify somebody besides yo'self if you wants any love and any sympathy in this world." pg 86 & 87 In this scene where Joe Starks is facing death, his personality of his evil treatment is further revealed despite how physically weak he is.
  • "Before she slept that night she burnt up every one of her head rags and went about the house next morning with her hair in one thick braid swinging well below her waist...she kept the store in the same way...She saw no reason to rush at changing things around." pg 89 After Jody's death, Janie burns her headrags and starts to change her physical apperence , which starts to 
  • "Let 'em say whut dey wants tug, Phoeby. To my thinking' mourning oughtn't uh last no longer'n grief." pg 93
  • "Seemed as if she had known him all her life. Look how she had been able to talk with him right off...She sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day." pg 99
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