What does janie dislike about her husband
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale HurstonI read this masterpiece for the first time in high school. The love story of Janie and Tea Cake is one of stupendous beauty. Zora Neal Hurstons text is a treasure:
So she went on thinking in soft, easy phrases while all around the house, the night time put on flesh and blackness.
Early in life, Janie is taken care of by her grandmother Nanny,
Every tear you drop squeezes a cup uh blood outa mah heart
As she grew, Janie waited for a bloom time, a green time and an orange time.
She is married off to an old, rich man, but grows restless,
There are years that ask questions and years that answer.
Ultimately , she gets an answer takes off with the ambitious Jody Starks. But, her hopes are shattered as Jodys ambitions in Eatonville, FL (coincidentally Hurstons hometown) where she feels,
Four walls squeezing her breath out. as Jody ignores her and builds his empire in the town.
He passes away and Janie meets her true love Tea Cake and she seems to have found her inner peace:
So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day.
Tea Cake gives her some lessons of wisdom:
See dat? Youse got de world in uh jug and make out you dont know it. But Ahm glad tuh be the one tuh tell yuh.
She sheds her reticences and fears in her love for him:
He drifted off to sleep and Janie looked down on him and felt a soul-crushing love. So her soul crawled out from its hiding place.
She never takes on any religion for:
All gods who receive homage are cruel. All gods dispense suffering without reason. Otherwise, they would not be worshipped.
Her love is her temple as she dreamed of under the pear trees as a young girl with Nanny.
Disaster eventually strikes, as it always does, gods dispensing their unreasoning suffering.
The wind came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last time. 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.
This novel was a forgotten masterpiece published in 1935 but forgotten until Alice Walker rediscovered her - and her gravesite - in 1977. Since, it has been appreciated as the quiet, beautiful monument to a womans strength and endurance. A must read in these times of women-hating rhetoric in Drumpfs amerikkka. The attacks on Planned Parenthood and the bullshit reverse discrimination are just two of the many demonstrations of why this book is important as both a feminist and anti-racist classic.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is one of the most beautifully evoked portraits of a woman of color that I have ever read.
Monthly Archives: October 2015
Their Eyes Were Watching God. Janie tells the story of her life over the past twenty years to her best friend Pheoby, hoping that Pheoby can retell her story to the nosy community, setting to rest some of their curiosity and gossip. Her life has three main divisions, corresponding with her three very different marriages. Logan is older and a farmer who just wants a wife to keep his home and help on the farm. Janie dislikes life purely as a domestic helper rather than as a partner or a lover, and she runs off with a youthful, flighty Jody Joe Starks. Janie quickly realizes that life with Jody is no less stifling than life with Logan Killicks, just in a different way. Jody buys some land and builds a general store, hiring local people to help run it.
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See Important Quotations Explained. Janie dislikes the business of running the store but loves that people sit on its porch and talk all day telling colorful, exaggerated stories. The men love teasing a man named Matt Bonner about his overworked, underfed, bad-tempered mule. They make jokes about how sorry the mule looks and needle Matt about how careless and cruel he is toward the animal. They irritate the mule for fun, and Janie mutters her disapproval of their cruelty. Unbeknownst to her, Jody is standing nearby and hears her complaint. He buys the mule for five dollars so that the poor beast can rest for once in his life.
This book and its characters have fastened themselves to my mind. Hurston creates profound sympathy for Janie from the first page. In just a few short paragraphs, Hurston tells us much about this character, and also allies us readers with her. Klein discusses this strategy via Harry Potter as is her way. If it can work in these two texts, it can certainly work in mine. Death, envy, and sex what could be more titillating? Such an emotional speech is only possible for her later in her life, when she feels whole.