The first half of the chapter is about Matt Bonner's yellow mule. Tea Cake is fun, adventurous, and spontaneous; he is a gambler and a musician. Without giving Janie a chance to be friendly, the girls decide that she considers herself better that they are. Like a true romantic hero, he courts Janie, a new and exciting experience for her. Joe seems to treat Janie like a trophy more than a wife.
Daisy Blunt: A black girl with white features, whom everyone considers beautiful. Both men want her to be domesticated and silent. She returns to Eatonville with her hair down and she sits on her own porch chatting with her friend Pheoby. She's blinded to his faults by her own visions of pear blossoms and bees and by his entrepreneurial charisma. He is unloving and too old for Janie.
She uses Verbal Irony in the beginning when the old women are gossiping about Janie. Which do you think he most deserves? Janie loves listening to the conversation but Joe ruins tbe moment for her by forcing her to go back into the store to sell something. How much land did Starks purchase? However, her caring nature won't allow her to distance herself from him while Joe is dying. Why is this an important symbol for the town? When he finds out that Eatonville does not have a mayor, he decides to become the mayor himself. He never told her how often he had seen the other men figuratively wallowing in it as she went about things in the store. Look up the symptoms of Rabies and the de nition of hydrophobia and explain why it was an appropriate name.
GradeSaver, 10 June 2006 Web. Throughout the whole story, Hurston uses foreshadowing to display how the story will unfold. What does he accuse Janie of doing? This decision to stay behind triggers a chain of events that ultimately leads to his death. Throughout the course of their marriage, it is apparent that Janie and her husband have grown tired of each other. He takes her as a possession, a trophy he has captured and can display along with his other possessions: his town, his house, his store, and his position as mayor.
He transforms the deadbeat town of Eatonville into a more proper establishment—a place with a store and a mayor and committees and land for houses and families. Like Tea Cake, Punter was sexually dominant and sometimes violent. Who testifies on her behalf? Which other signs or events showed a possible downfall in their relationship? Methuselah is the man reported to have lived the longest at the age of 969 in the Hebrew Bible. After they leave the mule to rot, buzzards swoop in and begin to devour it. He defines the role he expects her to play, and it is one of subservience.
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. Joe mixes conceptions of manhood with his right to power, wealth, and authority. What root words did Hurston combine to create this expression? In fact, Joe Starks is just another version of Logan Killicks, only packaged a little differently. One day, Matt Bonner's mule disappears. She has a weak husband and a weak son.
Before You Find a Prince, You Have to Kiss a Few Frogs The first obstacle to come between Janie and true romance is her well-meaning Nanny. An unwritten law in the little community in which Janie Crawford grew up stated that no girl would appear in school better dressed than the other girls, even those wearing second-hand clothes. They dress her up and put bows in her hair. Tea Cake allows Janie to be her natural self. When they arrive in Eatonville, both are disappointed with the town. The all-black Eatonville of Their Eyes Were Watching God is based on the all-black town of the same name in which Hurston grew up.
What does this suggest about his attitude towards her? For the first time, Janie retaliates. Who would argue with the person who come to Eatonville and change it for the better? Why is this important for the local economy? Nanny is the first character to mention the notion of slavery. From the beginning, Joe clearly values being a leader and being in control. She in his eyes is more of the trophy than someone he loves. As the debate is ending, some of the town's women including a beautiful girl, Daisy, approach the porch.
He does not realize that he has a failing kidney, a likely fatal illness. Although Logan recognizes the special qualities that Janie carries within herself, he fails to respect Janie as his wife. Starks orders Janie to cover her hair as other men found it a source of attraction. Janie loves listening to the stories about the mule; sometimes she has her own funny comments to make but Joe forbids her from joining the conversation. Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid. Although Janie is not interested in either Logan or marriage, her grandmother wants her to have the stability she never had; legal marriage to Killicks, Nanny believes, will give Janie opportunities.
The townspeople agree that building a store is a good idea. Out of an unutterably beautiful book, a luminous play has evolved. Modern Critical Views: Zora Neale Hurston. How does she establish the setting of the book? Her place is seen as in the home and not out on the porch, a public space which can be defined as male. Janie Crawford Killicks, Starks, Woods Janie is a beautiful black woman with partially white ancestry. Starks very existence entails this high sense of esteem that his manhood brings.