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Their Eyes Were Watching God Nature Motifs

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Stephanie Jerez

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Nature in Literature Janie The Gardener Nature to you and I Citation The birds and the Bees What is Nature? Janie's Relationships compared
to the Pear Tree and Nature Their Eyes Were Watching God By Stephanie Jerez Nature in T.E.W.W.G Nature Motifs The term Nature is so broad that it really depends on what specific aspect the author is referring. What Usually Nature Represents: Seasons
1.Spring: birth, new beginning
2.Summer: maturity, knowledge
3.Autumn: decline, nearing death, growing old
4.Winter: death, sleep, hibernation, or stagnation Pear Tree: blossoming, fleeting nature of life,
Salvation in Christianity, longevity in Chinese paintings( pear trees live long) and in German beliefs it symbolizes a female's birth(use to plant a pear tree after a girl's birth.) Water : washes away guilt, origin of life, regeneration, vehicle of cleansing
Sun : source of light, heat and life; a masculine symbol
Rain : sadness or despair or new life; a symbol of celestial influences the Earth receives
Wind and Storms : violent human emotions The stages of Janie's life(also relationships) and how it parallels a tree in nature
Janie's strong connection to nature in the beginning of the book( Pear tree, bees, flowers)
The constant comparison of human characteristics to nature ones(pg. 11, 16, 18)
Curiosity, nature sends her on a quest to find herself
Horizon: far off mystery in which she wants to explore
The title: God made nature, Janie's deep connection with nature could equal her way of interacting with God (pg.160). 1. Janie is a Newbie,
her expectations do not
match with reality. 2. Somebody offers you help,
but their methods are not
your style 3. Janie finally masters gardening, although it did not end up completely happy, she finds herself. The origin of... Possible origins: the poet Samuel Coleridge (1825): "All nature seems at work ... The bees are stirring—birds are on the wing.."
Cole Porter's "Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love." lyrics in 1928 "She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom...(pg.11)"

Janie is now a women and all the questions that usually a mother would explain to her child is explained by Mother Nature. VS. Burkhardt, Florian. "The Pear Tree As a Sexual Symbol in Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss"" The Pear Tree As a Sexual Symbol in Katherine Mansfield's "Bliss" N.p., 2004. Web. 21 Feb. 2013 Website
Delp, Rachel. "What Is the Symbolism of a Pear Tree?" EHow. Demand Media, 22 Nov. 2010. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel. New York: Perennial Library, 1990. Print.
"Symbolism in Literature." Scribd. N.p., 10 Oct. 2008. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.
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