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Chapta 5

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Chapta 5
Caroline, Claire, Cayley, Haley
3. At the end of the chapter the narrator remarks that, “The town had a basketful of feelings good and bad about Joe’s positions and possessions, but none had the temerity to challenge him.” Explain the reasons behind both the good and bad feelings that the town holds regarding Joe. Which do you think he most deserves?
2. How does Joe respond when the townspeople ask Janie to make a little speech? What does his response suggest about his attitude towards Janie
- Direct quote: “Thank yuh fuh yo’ compliments, but mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech makin’. Ah never married her nothing’ lak dat. She’s uh woman and her place is in de home.” (pg. 43)
-
Joe’s complete disregard for Janie’s wishes leads the reader to realize his overbearing controlling nature towards her
. Joe does not even blink an eye before standing up, shutting Janie down and keeping her from giving a speech all while
belittling her in the process.
It is as if he
views her merely as an accessory
to sit quietly by his side and make him look good rather than a human being.


1. At the opening of the store, Tony makes a speech about Mr. and Mrs. Starks and is chided for not comparing them to “Isaac and Rebecca at the well.”
2. How does Joe respond when the townspeople ask Janie to make a little speech? What does his response suggest about his attitude towards Janie?
Why is it symbolically significant that she views his response as “taking the bloom off things”?
There were unequal feelings held by the townspeople regarding Joe Sparks. Some felt that he was a
good
mayor because
he used his own money and time to pay for land
to use towards the development of Eatonville. They also admired
his determination to bring the town together
by developing the
store
and by bringing in a
light post
. On the flip side, some saw Joe Sparks as a
negative
image for Eatonville due to the fact that
he is very materialistic and prideful
. Other bad feelings were brought about when Joe harshly
kicks Henry Pitt out of town
. Bad feelings were also brought about because people
saw Joe as very controlling
, and
believing to be superior to the other townspeople
.
I feel that he should deserve more respect and positive feedback from the townspeople because he has done a great deed for them.

Why is it symbolically significant that she views his response as “taking the bloom off things”?
It parallels to the part in the book when she
compared love and marriage to the bees and pear tree
.
The way Joe treated her took the magic out of the relationship just as if a bee stopped pollinating the flowers on the tree.
She’s sad because this is the second time that she’s felt depressed in a marriage
Janie realizes her new life with Joe is not the ideal romantic relationship she envisioned
“Naw, you wuzn’t, Tony. Youse way outa jurisdiction. You can’t welcome uh man and his wife `thout you make comparsion about Isaac and Rebecca at de well, else it don’t show de love between `em if you don’t,” (Hurston, 42).

• The comparison of Mr. and Mrs. Starks and Isaac and Rebecca at the well is
accurate
in the sense that
they both met at wells
.
• It is
not accurate
, considering
Mr. and Mrs. Starks’ love is not true love compared to Isaac and Rebecca’s love
. Also, it was
God’s will for Isaac and Rebecca to be together
, compared to Janie and Joe, who were not nessecarily destined to be together. As we know,
she states her one, true love was Tea Cake
.
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