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Conflicts In Their Eyes Were Watching God
Transcript of Conflicts In Their Eyes Were Watching God
Janie vs. Logan
Janie thought that she would fall in love with Logan because she was married to him.
Janie's fights with Logan were a result of her inner turmoil. She resented what Logan represented.
She ended up running from the marriage because of her feelings.
Janie vs. Jody
Janie had high expectations to find true love quickly, amplifying her feelings for Jody.
Because of her extreme feelings for him in the beginning, she allowed him to take away from herself as an individual. (Hair, Voice, etc)
This resulted in a fight within herself, causing her to question her original feelings for Jody.
Janie vs. Tea Cake
Janie fell in romantic love with Tea Cake.
Her jealously of Nunkie with Tea Cake shows that her love was real.
Janie doubted her relationship with Tea Cake.
Shooting Tea Cake was the climax.
She was finally looking out for herself rather than following someone else.
Janie vs. Self
All of these related conflicts come together into one central conflict.
TEWWG was centered around Janie finding herself.
Janie wanted to live life
way, but the views of society and the people closest to her stood in the way.
Through her experiences, Janie finally finds her voice as well as her inner self.
Janie vs. Nanny
Nanny forced Janie into marriage with Logan.
Nanny wanted Janie to teach herself to love someone, while Janie wanted to fall in love with someone.
Janie, with expectations of finding true love, was disappointed with the marriage.
Nature vs. Nurture:
Pear tree nature
Nanny's wishes nurture
Almost to the Central Conflict!
All of these conflicts so far are
to the central conflict.
These conflicts are brought about because of the central conflict in the novel.
Can you guess what it is?
"Ah done lived Grandma's way, now Ah means tuh live mine." (Ch. 12)
"The familiar people and things had failed her so she hung over the gate and looked up the road towards way off." (Ch. 3)
"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." (Ch. 6)
"The pistol and the rifle rang out almost together. The pistol just enough after the rifle to seem its echo. Tea Cake crumpled as his bullet buried itself in the joist over Janie’s head. Janie saw the look on his face and leaped forward as he crashed forward in her arms. She was trying to hover him as he closed his teeth in the flesh of her forearm. They came down heavily like that. Janie struggled to a sitting position and pried the dead Tea Cake’s teeth from her arm." (Ch. 19)