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Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay

5977 words - 24 pages

(Chapter 1)
One evening, Janie Crawford comes back from Eatonville, Florida. As she walks through the town, her old neighbors were sitting on their porches talking about how she had left town in nice clothing with a younger man and came back muddy and in overalls. When she walks by the neighbors, she doesn’t stop to chat with them which only causes them to talk about her more. The chapter then tells the Janie was in love with a man named Tea Cake which the women tell that she was way too old for him. Even though the ladies were jealous of Janie being with a younger man, they tried to label her as whorish, in which Janie’s best friend defended her saying she’s never done anything to her ...view middle of the document...

” -As the sun was going down, the clouds had changed colors and were getting darker and darker by the minute.
Mood and Tone- The mood of this chapter is very interesting at the beginning because the women were being rude about Janie returning but then it turns to a very light-hearted mood because Janie and Pheoby are back with each other and they have a fun time eating dinner together and talking until Janie starts to tell her a story.

(Chapter 2)
Janie was raised by her grandmother, as she had never met her mother or father. They lived in the back of a white couples backyard, Mr. and Mrs. Washburn. She played with the couples children and thinks that she is a white person herself until she sees a photograph of herself. When she was in school, they colored kids would make fun of Janie for living in a white persons backyard and normally remind her that Mr. Washburn’s dog hunted after her father for sleeping with her mother even though he wanted to marry her. Nanny eventually buys her own plot of land and a house for her and Janie to live in because she thinks it would be better for her. One day, Janie kisses a boy named Johnny Taylor and another time, Nanny catches them together and decides to have Janie marry a middle-aged farmer named Logan who would be able to take care of her unlike Johnny could have. Nanny doesn’t want Janie to be a mule for the rest of her life that black people normally are. Janie doesn’t want to marry, but her nanny was born into slavery. When she had given birth to her daughter, Leafy, the master’s wife knew it was her husbands because of it’s features. They planned to sell the daughter but Janie’s grandmother ran off and worked for the Washburn’s. Eventually, Leafy was raped by her schoolteacher and when she gave birth to Janie, she drank every night and ended up running away.

Characterization- Nanny: After being a slave, she now wants what is best for Janie which means a stable finance and respectability.
Imagery- “Nanny’s head and face looked like the standing roots of some old tree that had been torn away by storm (12).” -As much as Nanny had gone through, she was very old and looked very old which meant wrinkles and loosing color to her skin.
Figurative Language- Personification: “It followed her through all her waking moments and caressed her in her sleep (10).” -Janie had felt something when she was sitting underneath the blossoming pear tree and the first tiny bloom had opened and ever since then she kept thinking about it. Simile: “Old Nanny sat there rocking Janie like an infant and thinking back and back (16).” -Nanny was holding Janie in her lap rocking in the chair like someone with a young child would do.
Mood and Tone- This chapter is sort of educational because Janie tells her grandmother’s story about being a slave and it shows how slaves were treated and how they are even treated after they aren’t a slave anymore.

(Chapter 3)
When Janie is about to marry Logan, she realizes she...

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