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Fatizjah's Their Eyes Were Watching God Assignment
Transcript of Fatizjah's Their Eyes Were Watching God Assignment
The town was not used to having light, or anything nice at all. So when the first lamp was lit, it was something worth celebrating. To many, this was more than an ordinary street lamp. Now they could see things a lot better. People could acknowledge the town now. Question 5 Question 1 Hurston feels as if she shouldn't have to adjust to the standards of white people. They should accept her blackness and her background the same way she does theirs.
Hurston uses Southern black idiom to tell her story in order to prove that blacks shouldn't change who they are or where they come from to meet the requirements of those who disrespect and hate them. Why would Hurston use southern black idiom to tell her story? Think about "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me What Is?" Some of the most significant changes in Janie were her actions and her clothes. She went from wearing silk with her hair tied, to wearing overalls and BLUE. She went from standing around quietly, to playing checkers, shooting, and working in the fields. What are the most significant changes in Janie after she meets Vergible "Tea Cake" Woods? Question 7 Janie's "soul crawls out from its hiding place" because with Tea Cake, she could do things that she couldn't with her last two husbands. With Logan, she had to do everything by herself. With Joe, she couldn't participate in any town activities, speak amongst the crowd, or even dreess the way she wanted. All she could do was work in the store . But with Tea Cake, she could do anything, such as learn to shoot, play checkers, talk when she wanted and even express her sexuality. Reflect upon Janie's new life with Tea Cake. Why does her "soul crawl out from its hiding place?" Question 8 Mrs Woods Mrs. Killicks Could talk to anyone she wanted Worked in the fields with Tea Cake Learned how to shoot Learned to play Checkers Workaholic Alone Cooking Could wear anything she wanted Mrs. Starks Couldn't work anywhere but in the kitchen Had to wrap her hair and wear it tied up Couldn't participate in any town activities Question 11 Janie transitioned from being a slave in a relationship, to being placed on a pedestal. Eventually she ended up being a WIFE. Her soul was emancipated and she was allowed to be the woman she intended to be. Chapters 1-5 Chapters 11-16 Chapters 6-10 Question 10 Janie is skeptical about meeting Tea Cake at first, because of their difference in age. But after a while she accepts it and falls in love with him. It is significant that Tea Cake taught her to play checkers because women, especially the 'mayor's wife', were not allowed to play checkers or do any of the male dominant activities. Tea Cake was a glance from God because he did everything with and for her. He gave her freedom. He allowed her to be the woman she always wanted and more, and that's one thing her first two husbands did not do. How does Janie feel when she first meets Tea Cake? How is it significant that he teaches her to play checkers? Notice the return of the pear tree symbol on page 106. What does Janie mean when she says Tea Cake is "a glance from God"? Five Significant characters have been introduced: Janie, Pheoby, Nanny, Logan, and Joe. Have students make lists of what motivates each of these characters. Question 4 Start Is introduced as this sweet, well-dressed, charming and smart guy with a bright future, but he turns out to be this power-hungry control freak who wouldn't let his wife do anything. is composed with a desire for happiness and freedom. She uses her, her grandmother's, and her mother's experiences to discover herself. She's motivated by love and determination. Is created with a pinch of judgmental, a spoonful of jealousy and a cup of supportive. Is constructed with a passion to keep Janie away from her and Janie's mother's experiences. Although Nanny can be a bit demanding and controlling, she wants Janie to have a better life than she did. Joe Nanny Pheoby Janie returns to Eatonville. Janie bypasses the women on the porch and explains to Pheoby what happened. Not only was the mule the first freed animal, but it gave the town something to talk about; It was a part of the town's tradition. Women were placed on the same level as mules. According to the story, no one respected, or even considered the feelings, let alone existence of them. Mock-serious Ceremony
Left mule to Rot
Joe stands on dead body while giving a speech SYMBOLIC LITERALLY The Eatonville men's "mule-talk" deepened the meaning of the mule, both literally, and symbolically. The death of the mule occurs, and a mock-serious ceremony is hosted. "nigger woman is de mule uh de world." Janie retaliates after Joe's repetitive insults. She strips him of his pride in the store. Joe dies, and Janie soaks in her new-found freedom. Janie meets Tea Cake & starts developing feelings for him. Janie and Tea Cake's relationship becomes public. Pheoby talks to Janie about making the mistake of being with Tea Cake so soon, especially after the recent death of her former husband. Tea Cake and Janie make it official... they get married. Janie's money is 'stolen' and she begins to doubt Tea Cake's sincerety. They have a few arguments, Janie starts questioning Tea Cake's loyalty. Janie's grandmother, Nanny, is introduced, as well as the pear tree. Nanny is convinced that Janie is becoming a woman, and demands that she marry Logan Killicks for assurance of protection and safety. Janie marries Logan, whom she doesn't like. She cried to Nanny, who was less than sympathetic. Nanny died, and Janie met Joe Starks. She left Logan, ran away with Jody and married him. Janie and Joe get to Eatonville and are crowned Mr. and Mrs. Mayor. Janie begins to see Jody's 'true colors'. She starts feeling isolated from the town. Logan is characterized as unloving. He can't tell the difference between his mule and his wife. Janie Question 6 Reality Check! Joe's death contributed in the fact that Janie rediscovered herself. Thanks to him, alot of things she was once restricted from, are now an option for her. Her new-found freedom relates to her ownership of property, because now she is the owner of her mind and actions, her 'property'. Question 9 Question 3 Janie tells Pheoby her story just as Hurston tells her audience her story. Both Janie and Hurston share a similar story in which they both discovered who they really were while experiencing different hardships. Janie's story inspired Pheoby to open her eyes to the little, over-looked things. Hurston is trying to do the same for her audience in her book. In other words, we, the audience, are all little Pheobys, while Janie and Hurston are one in the same, trying to spread their message in regards to their own experiences. How can an omniscient narrator tell the story at the same time that the novel's heroine, Janie, also tells her story? Do these voices reflect different parts of Janie, or does the omniscient narrator reveal another force in Janie's universe? Consider how Janie's point of view affects the way the story is told. Why does she begin her narrative with the pear tree? How is Janie's growth reflected in the way the story is told? Question 2 Question 13 Janie's eyes are watching a spiritual God. One that appeals to her soul. During the story, she is looking for love and trying to find herself. This God answers her questioning negatively and positively. Positively, because she has experienced true love thanks to Tea Cake. She finally understands what it was like to be in love. Negatively, because she had a selfish grandmother and two husbands who only wanted her to elevate their status. One just treated her as if she were an animal, and she did not love him. The other treated her like his daughter; He wouldn't let her do ANYTHING! On top of that, she had lost all of her husbands by the end of the story. The Jim Crow laws were designed to keep whites and blacks s e p a r a t e d . Blacks were not allowed to interact with whites at all, and they were prohibited from doing things in the same area. So in this book, the whites were not allowed to be buried with the dead. White folks even had coffins, while blacks were thrown in the hole and showered with a sprinkle of quick-lime.It's interesting that Tea Cake was held at gunpoint and forced to help bury the dead, no matter the race. I believe the white people were ommitted until the end because Hurston felt as if they were unimportant to the events in the beginning of Janie's life. Considering the fact that she lived in an all black town all her life, until the storm, and whites were needed for the more educated jobs, shows the importance of the role of white people. Jimmy Crow The imagery and tone connects with the rest of the book, because Hurston starts the book the way she ends it.
Janie's story ends in a mixture of triumph and despair. Triumph, because she finally received the chance to experience true love, one of the few things she was looking for in life. In addition to that, she used her experiences to search her soul and find herself and who she was. It ended in despair as well, because of her grandmother, and her first two husbands, and the fact that they were part of the reason for her hidden soul. Nanny prevented her from the real world because of her own experiences. Her selfish ways caused Janie trouble in her love life, until she met her soulmate and eventually was forced to kill him. At the end, her soul crawled back into her hiding place, and it can be traced right back to Nanny. Good + Bad = ? Janie begins her narrative with the pear tree because it represents the beginning of her womanhood. The pear tree progresses in growth throughout the story just as Janie does. Their Eyes Were Watching God Story by Zora Neale Hurston Project by Fatizjah Burnett T H E E N D By: Fatizjah Burnett