On top of all the physical labor expected from her, Janie endured physical beatings from her male counterpart. While the rabies runs its course, Tea Cake becomes increasingly jealous and unpredictable, despite Janie's best efforts. Janie soon realises that Starks wants her as a , to reinforce his powerful position in town. Follow up question 6: With each husband the men showed their love for Janie in different ways, in what way was this significant in how the marrige would turn out? London: The Greenwood Press, 1999, p. Why is Janie initially attracted to Jody and how does it fade? The Cambridge Introduction to Zora Neale Hurston, p.
Is it because of her views or is she just afraid? Remember that Janie thought she was white until she saw herself in a photograph. They will examine her relationship with each of her husbands Logan, Jody, Tea Cake. However, she decides to return to Eatonville. Turner tries to get Janie to leave Tea Cake and marry her brother, Mr. Which activities where formerly designated as male activities? This results in Tea Cake's jealousy and distrust of Mrs.
When Jody thinks of her as a fitting ornament to his wealth and power, how and why does Janie respond? The symbol of the horizon is brought up multiple times throughout the story. Why do you think Janie did everything each of her husbands told her? She disagrees with Janie's marriage to Tea Cake, since he is darker skinned with more African features. Why is it important for her to do these things? The story ends where it started, and Janie finishes telling her story to Pheoby. The book was so popular that Dixon wrote a trilogy. In the first passage of chapter one, Hurston compares the character of men and women to one another.
What is the significance behind this? How does this relationship differ from her other ones? Janie formed her initial idea of marriage off the image of unity she witnessed between a pear tree and a bee. Why did Janie allow the men in her life to abuse her physically and verbally? On pages 192 and 193, Janie influences her friend Pheoby. Out side of school, she participates in strength training at the community center and running for distance. On page 82, Janie talks to Pheoby about Joe and how God knows she wouldn't hurt him, again how does this affect the view of Janie's religious views? She tells him who she really is and says that he never knew because he would not let her be free. Why does Janie keep tolerating him beating on her? As students analyze her journey, they should pay attention to important motifs such as. The production was enhanced by an award from The ' Fund for New American Plays. In Chapter 15, Janie loses her temper and attacks Tea Cake.
Do you think that these feelings are a result of Janie's independence or the reality of her relationship to Jody; the marriage of her shattered dream. How did each relationship enable Janie's self-awareness? How does the first passage of chapter 7 show that in her relationship with Jodie, Janie had lost some of her independence that she was chasing after?. Why doesn't Janie ever think or feel bad for Logan. In 1927, a decade before writing Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston traveled south to collect folk songs and folk tales through an anthropological research fellowship arranged by her mentor. Logan Killicks is by all accounts a good man.
Coming up with provocative questions is not easy, but it is much easier with an overarching question, which should: 1 Address a central theme of the book. In chapter 12 it's mentioned that Janie stopped attending church, does this show a lack of faith on her part? Dey laughs too much and dey laughs too loud. How did her independence become a respected aspect of her marriage and relationship with Tea Cake? This assignment will be worth a journal grade. Do you think that Janie is proud or ashamed of her unique physical appearance? What perceived traits of Janie make her choice of Tea Cake particularly shocking to the community? What does this say about the role of women? What does this say about the time period? How are women in the novel expected to behave? How does this relate to the belittlement of women's physical and cognitive abilities? Overarching: What is the message of Their Eyes Were Watching God regarding the role of women and how does Hurston communicate that message? He represents an independence from reliance on communal validation, and instead serves as a mirror for Janie to discover her narrative power. Nanny is the first character to mention the notion of slavery. Follow up question 17: Does Janie ever find true love? Why does the relationship between Janie and Joe change? Overarching Question What does Jamie's 3 different husbands in 3 different location say about her personality? Conversely, what weaknesses or flaws might a feminist reading expose? How does Joe's telling Janie to mind the store and then getting angry at her if she did something wrong show his control over her? Do you believe she has fulfilled her dreams of the bees and the blossoms by the end of the novel? He told me how surprised He was 'bout y'all turning out so smaart after Him makin' yuh different; and how surprised ya'll is goin' tuh be if you ever find out you don't know half as much 'bout us as you do. Another unconscious desire is to be the Other and to find that the other is not different from the subject but is a self-reflection and is the same as the subject.
Throughout the novel, there is a strong use of dialect and which reiterates that this is a story of a black woman from the South. Rachael Trowbridge and Emily Erdman Overarching Question: What role does religion play in the overall story and Janie's development? Pick two scenes that really ignited your senses. Janie's womanliness is a source of jealousy for both Starks and Tea Cake who shame her for her looks. Although completely different, men and women seem to provide each other with things that they need, but do not possess themselves. This new respect coupled with a growing led by , , , and others would create the space for the rediscovery of Hurston. Big talk coming from a bigger man.
Which type of love has the most impact on her life? What components of this scene plants, animals, sexual union, love recur in the novel, and where do they repeat? This song reminded him of the good things the Troy had passed on to him and reminds him that his father is not in control of his life. On page 133, when Janie went to work in the fields, people started talking. The show was broadcast on on March 6, 2005, at 9 pm. Why don't any of her husbands ask her 4 kids? As cited in Burt, Daniel. How does Hurston portray the power that women have in the book? In what ways does Janie maintain her independence even after she runs off with Tea Cake? Hurston writes in her autobiography that the romance between Janie and Tea Cake was inspired by a tumultuous love affair. Why does Joe Starks treat Janie like a trophy wife? Have the students describe the views of the characters: Janie vs. This is worth a test grade, and only students who have completed their study guide from Task 2 will be able to participate.
Thus, Janie's life seems defined by her relation to male-centric spaces. How do other women of that time see it? Entering a new environment can instantly flip a switch between the two. What does this show about women? How did Janie find her identity through her marriages? She spends the novel seeking a voice for herself which she achieves in the end of her story. Open-Ended Question: Is Janie truly not happy with her relationships or is she just dissatisfied? Describe the types of love she experiences. After the first week of their marriage, Janie and Tea Cake encounter problems.
What does this say about how Janie feels about her life and her independence within it? Understanding Their Eyes Were Watching God. How do Tea Cakes actions help Janie to re-gain her independence? You may either print the study guide out or simply write the questions on a separate sheet of paper. He treats her as his property, controlling what she wears and says, and criticizes her mistakes. How does the jealousy between Janie and Tea Cake balance with Janie's need of independence? Like Tea Cake, Punter was sexually dominant and sometimes violent. Why does Janie stay with Logan for so long if she knows she is unhappy? Overarching Question Do you think that Janie is a post modern woman who is trying to find her identity and love? What was Janie's view on marriage? The bossman might have the thing stopped before morning anyways. While Janie is living in a sexist society, she continues to rise above her opposition, specifically that of her three husbands. Alice Walker the author of was instrumental in bringing Their Eyes Were Watching God into the modern literary canon.