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Their Eyes Were Watching God ~ Major Events Timeline
Transcript of Their Eyes Were Watching God ~ Major Events Timeline
Janie Returns To Eatonville
Janie returns to Eatonville late one evening. The townspeople gathered on Pheoby Watson's porch gossip about her as she passes, and we learn that most of the residents of Eatonville are extremely critical and judgemental of others.
Pheoby Goes To Bring Janie Food
Pheoby is Janie's friend and she defends her against the townspeople's gossip. Pheoby decides to welcome her friend back and take her a meal. Janie and Pheoby quickly reconnect and Janie begins telling Pheoby the story of her life and where she has been.
Janie Is Raised By Her Grandmother
Janie begins her story with talking about her life being raised by her grandmother, Nanny. Through this part of the story, we learn about the trouble Janie's mother experienced and about Nanny and Janie's childhoods. One important thing we learn is that Janie grew up alongside white children and as a child didn't see anything different between them.
Jody Becomes Mayor
As Janie enters womanhood, she fantasizes about love under a pear tree and lustfully kisses Johnny Taylor. Her aging grandmother, Nanny, sees this and fears that Janie's life will be troublesome just like her mothers, so she arranges for Janie to marry.
Janie Is Married To Logan Killicks
Janie marries Logan without feeling any attraction or love, because her grandmother told her she needs someone to care for her when she can no longer do so. Also Janie is under the impression that she will eventually be happy and fulfilled through the marriage.
Jody is quickly named mayor at the opening ceremony of his store, and his controlling nature comes out when he prevents Janie from speaking when asked to. Janie starts to work in the store, and Jody decides that the town needs a street lamp.
After months of declining health Joe becomes deathly ill and confines himself away from Janie. Janie eventually calls a doctor to treat him and discovers that his kidneys are failing. Janie confronts Jody about their relationship, because she fears time is running out to make amends, however, he refuses to listen to her. After his death, Janie prepares a large funeral and mourns as a woman should.
The Town Gets A Street Lamp
Jody buys a street lamp with money out of his pocket before he calls a meeting to vote on it. At the town meeting, the resident's votes varied, but the majority voted for it. The lamp was displayed for a week and then a big feast was held to officially light it. After the feast, Janie and Jody talked about their position and in the end Janie felt miserable.
Their Eyes Were Watching God ~ Major Events Timeline
Janie's Marriage Is Poor
Janie struggles to love Logan after a year of marriage and they have multiple arguments. Logan tells Janie that she is spoiled and that she needs to help out more, but Janie doesn't want to do anything but keep the inside of the house running. Logan goes along with her maintaining the house and cooking until he decides she needs to do field work with him and he sets off to buy another mule.
Janie's Meets Joe Stark
When Logan is away to purchase a mule for Janie, she meets Joe and flirts with him. This sparks Janie's desire for true love and she falls in love with his big dreams of becoming a person of authority in an up and coming Florida town.
Janie Leaves Logan
In the days leading up to Janie leaving Logan, they are constantly arguing over what work Janie should be doing. Janie ultimately leaves him because she isn't happy and doesn't believe that she will ever love him. She runs off with Joe (Jody) Starks after one of their common arguments and they marry.
Janie And Joe Arrive At Eatonville
Janie and Joe arrive at the town to disappointment at seeing only a dozen shacks, however, Joe believes that he can have a huge influence in the small town. Joe decides to buy 200 acres of land to expand the town. He then calls a town meeting and speaks throughout it even though he isn't the presiding chairman. At the meeting, he wows the town with his ambition of creating a store and a post office.
Janie Tries To Have A Voice
Jody and Janie's marriage suffers because he believes that she should be placed on a pedestal away from the common people. Janie, however, wants to be involved and one day after constantly being insulted she confronts Jody. This confrontation led to a big scene and Jody ends up slapping Janie.
Janie Meets Tea Cake
Since Janie is an attractive and wealthy widow, she attracts many suitors and eventually she me man named Tea Cake. There meeting sparks feelings inside Janie and she loves how silly he is. After weeks of spending time together fishing, playing games, and enjoying each other's company, Janie begins to believe he isn't after her money and they both end up loving each other.
Janie And Tea Cake Go To The Town Picnic
Once Janie and Tea Cake begin to love each other, Tea Cake disappears for three days and returns with a car; he intends to take their relationship public by taking her the town picnic. After the picnic, the residents of Eatonville gossip about their relationship. These people believe that Janie shouldn't date out of her class.
Janie Leaves For Jacksonville
Janie and Tea Cake decide to get married outside the influence of the town. One day Janie got a letter saying to meet Tea Cake in Jacksonville, and so she left early one morning in her blue wedding dress. Janie also had $200 pinned to the inside of her shirt as Pheoby advised.
Janie Recalls Annie Tyler
One morning when Janie sent Tea Cake to get fish for breakfast he didn't return when he normally did. She was concerned, but it was when she noticed her money was missing that she began to fear he left her. This caused her to remember Annie Tyler. Annie Tyler was a widow of Eatonville that was sought after by young suitors because of her money. She eventually met a man named Who Flung who claimed to truely love her, however, before they married he stole her money. This broke her and Janie feared Tea Cake had done the same to her.
Janie And Tea Cake Leave For The Everglades
Tea Cake apologized for taking Janie's money and he won it back in a game of dice. At the game he was cut by a razor and Janie had to bandage him up. They grew closer after this incident and Tea Cake told Janie that they would live off what he could provide. After this they move to the Everglades in search of a farming job. They arrive before the other migrant workers and are able to live in a house. Janie is completely in love with their new lifestyle.
Janie Works In The Field With Tea Cake
Tea Cake started cutting work to be with Janie, so she decided to go work in the fields with him. This allowed them spend their days together. Tea Cake and Janie always messed around when they were working and quickly were known by all who worked alongside them. Janie also reminisces about what Eatonville was like and feels sorry for the townspeople who were obsessed with status.
"Seeing the woman as she was made them remember the envy they had stored up from other times. So they chewed up the back parts of their minds and swallowed with relish. They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs. It was mass cruelty" (Hurston 2).
"Ah don't mean to bother wid tellin' 'em nothin', Pheoby. 'Tain't worth de trouble. You can tell'em what Ah say if you wants to. Dat's just de same as me 'cause mah tongue is in mah friend's mouf" (Hurston 6).
"Dey all useter call me Alphabet 'cause so many people had done named me different names. Ah looked at de picture a long time and seen it was mah dress and mah hair so Ah said: "'Aw, aw! Ah'm colored'" (Hurston 9)!
"The old woman's voice was so lacking in command and reproof, so full of crumbling dissolution--that Janie half believed that Nanny had not seen her. So she extended herself outside of her dream and went inside of the house. That was the end of her childhood" (Hurston 12).
"You ain't got no particular place. It's wherever Ah need yuh. Git uh move on yuh, and dat quick" (Hurston 31)
"Mah mamma didn't tell me Ah wuz born in no hurry. So whut business Ah got rushin' now? Anyhow dat ain't whut youse mad about. Youse mad 'cause Ah don't fall down and wash-up dese sixty acres ug ground yuh got. You ain't done me no favor by marryin' me. And if dat's what you call yo'self doin', Ah don't thank yuh for it. Youse mad 'cause Ah'm, tellin' yuh whut you already knowed" (Hurston 31).
"'Cause you told me Ah mus gointer love him, and, Ah don't. Maybe if somebody was to tell me how, Ah could do it" (Hurston 23).
"Dis evenin' we'se all assembled heah tuh light uh lamp. Dis occasion is something for us all tuh remember tuh our dyin' day. De first street lamp in uh colored town" (Hurston 45).
"Mah name is Janie Mae Killicks since Ah got married. Useter be name Janie Mae Crawford, Mah husband is gone tuh buy a mule fuh me tuh plow. He left me cuttin' up seed p'taters" (Hurston 29).
"Joe's funeral was the finest thing Orange County had ever seen with Negro eyes. The motor hearse, the Cadillac and Buick carriages; Dr. Henderson there in his Lincoln; the hosts from far and wide" (Hurston 88).
"Naw, Ah ain't no young gal no mo' but den Ah ain't o old woman neither. Ah reckon Ah looks mah age too. But Ah'm uh woman every inch of me, and Ah know it. Dat's uh whole lot more'n you kin say. You big-bellies round here and put out a lot of brag, but 'taint nothin' to it but yo' big voice. Humph! Talkin' boiut me lookin' old! When you pull down yo' britches, you look lak de change uh life" (Hurston 79).
"Janie hurried out of the front gate and turned south. Even if Joe was not there waiting for her, the change was bound to do her good" (Hurston 32).
"Thank yuh fuh yo' compliments, but mah wife don't know nothin' 'bout no peech-makin'. Ah never married her for nothin' lak dat. She's uh woman and her place is in de me" (Hurston 43).
"He was jumping her king! She sceramed in protest against losing the king she had had such a hard time aquiring. Before she knew it she had grabbed his hand to stop him" (Hurston 96).
"To Janie's strange eyes, everything in the Everglades was big and new. Big Lake Okechobee, big beans, big cane, big weeds, big everything" (Hurston 129).
"not de kind we want fuh de occasion. You sells groceries for ordinary people. We'se gointuh buy one for you. De big Sunday School picnic is tomorrow--bet you done forgot it--and we got tuh be dere wid uh swell basket and ourselves" (Hurston 108).
"it is a whole heap littler than Ah thought"(Hurston 34).
"Janie's train left too early in the day for the town to witness much, but the few who saw her leave bore plenty witness. They had to give it to her, she sho looked good, but she had no business to do it. It was hard to love a woman that always made you feel so wishful" (Hurston 116).
"She was broken and her pride was gone, so she told those who asked what had happened" (Hurston 119).
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel. New York: Perennial Library, 1990. Print.