3. Janie wears an apron, a head rag, and overalls at the most significant points in her life. Analyze the way in which the clothing reflects her inner self and how Hurston's use of clothing is symbolic of Janie's development throughout the novel. The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Zora Neale Hurston is a novel about a woman named Janie, an african american in the 1920’s. Janie was married three times and slowly changed significantly with each marriage. These life changes are reflected in some articles of clothing that are symbolic of what she is going through. Janie changes throughout the novel which is reflected in the apron she wears when she is forced to work for her first husband, the head rag that Joe uses to restrict …show more content…
He becomes Mayor of the town he started and tries to makes Janie suppress her spirit. A symbol of the suppression is the head rag that he insists that Janie wears in the store. She as not to show people her hair and Joe did not want her talking to the townspeople. “He didn't want her talking after such trashy people. “You’se Mrs. Mayor Starks, Janie.” (Hurston 54). Joe would not let her hair show to the store, one of the reason being was that he was jealous of her. She had to tie up her hair in the store, that was his way of controlling her sexuality. The head rag must've been a symbol of the control that joe had over her. Her hair was for him to look at only, and no one else, That's why she was forced to wear the …show more content…
What if Eatonville could see her now in her blue denim overalls and heavy shoes?” (Hurston 134). This shows a symbol of her freedom, no one is making her wear the overalls, it's coming out of her own will to put them on. When she returned back home after the death of her husband Tea Cake, she was wearing overalls but the town thought that she should be wearing a nice blue dress. The overalls were a symbol of freedom. They were what she wanted to wear.Her showing in overalls with her hair loose and flowing was a symbol of her finding herself.“What dat ole forty year ole ‘oman doin’ wid her hair swinging down her back like lak some young gal?” (Hurston 2). This quote was from the townspeople commenting on what they thought Janie should be acting like after the death of her husband. Janie changed multiple time throughout the novel, each time was represented a particular article of clothing's. The apron she wore in the kitchen while married to Logan, was representative of his control over her by keeping her in the kitchen at all times. The head rag while she was married to Joe Starks, represents his control over her in the store. He tried to control and suppress her sexuality to the people in the store. The overalls she chose to wear in the end while married to Tea Cake. This is how the novel ended, with janie making the wrong choices in
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In all three marriages Janie grew up. She was only 16 when first married. Everything she learned was from the time she was 16 to when Tea Cake died. Not only did Janie become the women she wanted, but became someone she felt comfortable being. Nothing could take that away from her.
After Joe’s death Janie feels a sudden wave of relief, and freedom comes over her, ”She sent her face to Joe'sJoes funeral, and herself went rolllicking with the springtime across the world” (Hurston 129). At Joe’s funeral Janie had to pretend to be sad and put on a mask that she was grieving and mourning the death of Joe Starks but in reality, Janie was happy, she felt free, she could now do what she wanted whenever she wanted. Janie no longer had someone to sit there and control or or tell her what to do as stated here:,”For the first time in her life she is free to make her own decisions and live the way she wants to, rather than being told how to live it” (Davidson), all she has is herself and she is happy with that, especially after all that she has been through. Joe restricts Janie on who she is able to talk to and what she can do, she no longer has that holding her back so she can really dive into her journey of finding herself now.
Her second husband, Jody, was a very powerful man that restricted Janie's freedom in many ways. A significant way Jody physically confined Janie was by creating the rule, “Her hair was NOT going to show in the store” (55, Hurston). This is significant because Jody restricts Janie's freedom by removing her hair, resulting in a loss of power for Janie. Jody becomes jealous of the attention that Janie's hair draws and he wants to oppress that freedom to remind Janie who is dominant in the relationship. Hurston also includes this in the novel to display how Jody has control over Janie's body and the power that he holds over it.
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a novel written by Zora Neale Hurston. The novel portrays Janie, a middle aged black woman who tells her friend Pheoby Watson what has happened to her husband Tea Cake and her adventure. The resulting telling of her story portrays most of the novel. Throughout the novel, Zora Neale Hurston presents the theme of love, or being in a relationship versus freedom and independence, that being in a relationship may hinder one’s freedom and independence. Janie loves to be outgoing and to be able to do what she wants, but throughout the book the relationships that she is in with Logan,Jody and Tea Cake, does not allow her to do that.
However, Janie shatters this defense the moment she calls him out on his hypocrisy: “Yeah, Ah’m nearly forty and you’se already fifty. How come you can’t talk about dat sometimes instead of always pointin’ at me ?” (79). Janie confronts Joe’s pride and insecurities directly, therefore “[robbing] him of his illusion of irresistible maleness that all men cherish, which was terrible” (79). Joe feels that what Janie did was a “cruel deceit” and now she and the town were “laughing at him” (80).
One major theme authors universally write their stories around concern the power of human relationships. Though writers may take different paths to communicate this, the strength that comes from these unique connections that exist between individuals resonates with everyone. Authors clearly articulate through a myriad of rhetorical devices that maintaining relationships is a fundamental part in personal growth and allows for a stronger sense of self. In finding companionship and comradery. people become capable of evolving and arriving at better understandings of who they are.
Both men represented the oppression that women faced in American society. When Janie meets Tea Cake Woods, she is finally liberated and has fulfilled her quest for true love. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie represents the ideal “negro women,” a woman who does not let the abuse that she faces at the hand of her first two husbands discourage her from finding love on her own
In the face of adversity, what causes some individuals to fail while others prevail? Many people face difficulties. Depending on the person’s strength some will get through tough times, but some will fail to overcome them. I have chosen two books: Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Book Thief. These two stories deal with people overcoming the difficulties they face throughout their life.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Janie is held back from growing to her full potential. Janie is married three times and in each marriage there is one item that restrains her. In her marriage with Joe she was forced to wear a head rag to cover her hair because it is so long and beautiful. The red rag resembled the restraint Joe put on Janie.
She expected to obey for her husband like others. “He ordered Janie to tie up her hair around the store” reveals that she did everything to his happiness not for her. Even though she is a wife of a mayor, she didn’t get any privilege rather she lost her social relationship with other people. She lived under the dominance of her husband
Jody wanted Janie to know that women were less than men and that they don’t think for themselves, he almost compares women to animals, “Somebody got to think for women and chillun and chickens and cows. I god, they sho don’t think none theirselves” (Hurston 180). Once he passed away, Janie took a more feminist stand in her life, she started doing more of what she wanted to do and how she wanted to do it. Letting her hair down is an important point in the novel because it shows strength, “Before she slept that night she burnt up every one of her head rags and went about the house next morning with her hair in one thick braid swinging below her waist”
Hurston tells the story of Janie, a black woman who because of her grandmother experiences and beliefs was forced to marry into a loveless marriage with Logan Killicks, a hard-working farmer who had 60 acres of land and could provide for Janie. This marriage ended when Janie ran away with Joe Stark, a man that she fell in love with and thought could give her the love absent between her and Logan. But Janie soon realized that her second marriage wouldn’t turn out better than her first. Joe was just as controlling and degrading as Logan. He hardly expressed his love for Janie and spoke to her like an incompetent child.
In The Eyes are Watching God, the author Zora Neale Hurston expresses the struggles of women and black societies of the time period. When Hurston published the book, communities were segregated and black communities were full of stereotypes from the outside world. Janie, who represents the main protagonist and hero, explores these communities on her journey in the novel. Janie shows the ideals of feminism, love, and heroism in her rough life in The Eyes. Janie, as the hero of the novel, shows the heroic qualities of determination, empathy, and bravery.
Porch. A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building. This inanimate object served to develop various themes throughout the book, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. She reveals the theme of jealousy and envy, gender inequality and a sense of community with the help of the porch.
As Janie becomes a more self-assured woman, she drifts further and further away from the cultural norm. This is illustrated through the different relationships she develops on her quest. She begins reliant upon Nanny and marries Logan, both who represent the older generation with more traditional values. She then runs away from the “protection” that Logan provides for Joe Starks, who represents stability and ambition. Janie’s first two disastrous marriages help her eliminate the possibility of ever finding happiness with a more “conventional” man, one that society would approve of.