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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Jamie Stapleton

on 18 October 2012

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By Jamie, Maggie and Alyssa Tragic elements/ facing challenges/ overcoming obstacles Throughout the novel, the characters face their own individual problems. Adversity and obstacles are reoccurring themes in Their Eyes Were Watching God. General Description "They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs." pg 2. In the beginning of the novel, the porch sitters gossip about Janie as seen on pages 2-6. This gossip is a challenge that Janie is forced to overcome because she cannot listen to what the other people say about her.

"Dat's where Ah wuz s'posed to be, but Ah couldn't recognize dat dark chile as me." pg. 9
On pages 9-10 Janie realizes that she is black, which is why the children pick on her at school. She has to overcome the struggle of living in white people's backyard and being made fun of for that.

In chapter 3, Janie is forced to marry Logan because it will put her well off economically, and is afraid that she will never actually love him. A month after Janie and Logan get married, Nanny tragically passes away.

After Janie leaves Logan, she struggles throughout chapters 5 and 6 with doing everything that Jody tells her to do and being in the background of everything. Jody bosses Janie around to do everything and does not treat her respectfully. Many of the tragedies that Janie goes through are results of her love life. Chapters 1-6 Page 76 starts off the realization that Janie is getting old and so is Jody. She has finally given up and surrenders into the cruelness of Jody.
On page 89 Janie talks about Joe's funeral and to the town his death was a tragedy.
Page 93 Janie finally stops worrying about what other people think and tells Pheoby that she does not care about what people have to say and that Pheoby shouldn't either.
During Chapter 10 Janie and Tea Cake are interacting more and the people of the town see that her hanging out with a younger boy as a tragedy because she is so much older than Tea Cake is and they see that as a improper event.
Page 109 Janie tells Tea Cake that she wants to go with him but she doesn't want him to play her. She sees that the opportunity can be turned into a good one for her to get away or a bad one for her to get her heart broken again and live miserably. Chapters 7-13 pg. 145 “Mrs. Turner, like all other believers had built an altar to the unattainable-- Caucasian characteristics for all. Her god would smite her, would hurl her from pinnacles and lose her in deserts, but she would not forsake his altars.” This shows Mrs. Turners internal struggles with her “god.” Her struggle displays how white supremacy affected African Americans during this time period.

pg. 160 “They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.” They are completely in the hands of God and have no say in their fate.

pg. 164-166 The struggle in the hurricane. This over-the-top and unique struggle parallels that of Greek tragedies. This disaster is driven by the hand of God, and fate will have its way. This struggle is a key piece in the plot of the book because it eventually causes the death of Tea Cake and the trial of Janie.

pg. 170 Tea Cake forced to bury the dead bodies. This obstacle gives another example of the effects of white supremacy.

pg. 173-184 The sickness and death of Tea Cake was the death of the person that Janie ever truly loved. However, she still chose her life over Tea Cake’s, which might have been her tragic flaw; however, it still must be taken into account that Tea Cake was more than likely going to die anyway and that he was a hazard to everyone around him.

pg. 185-188 Janie’s trial was another obstacle that she faced alone. Though the entire courtroom was against her, she made sure she was understood, which was all she really wanted (“It was not death she feared. It was misunderstanding.”). Janie facing such a huge obstacle, especially after the death of the only man she truly loved, conveys that she is a strong woman. Chapters 13-20 The obstacles the characters face contribute to the novel as a whole. They allow the reader to further understand the struggles that African Americans and women faced during this time period. Conclusion http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_mvZUIAaWPqs/SE5tquzUl8I/AAAAAAAAAfQ/bwPkjtuCwqM/s400/Their+Eyes+Were+Watching+God.jpg . http://www.jeffbirn.com/images/palmer/porch%20sitters-tn.jpg http://images1.variety.com/graphics/photos/reviewt/rtheireyeswerewatchinggod.jpg
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