Many authors utilize the events that have occurred throughout their lifetime as an inspiration for not only their novels’ plots, but also their novels’ themes. The author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, is one of the many authors who have utilized their life’s experiences as inspiration for her novels’ themes. Throughout her major novels, she has utilized events in her life, such as her early life, her relationships, and the fact that she grew up in an all-black town, in order to inspire several themes in her novels, and several of her beliefs that she conveys in her novels. Themes, and beliefs, such as African-Americans are not all good nor are they all bad, experiences contribute to finding one’s true self, there is no
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). As a result, “Joe [strikes] Janie with all his might” (80) due to his feelings of having to forcefully face his insecurities and the imminent loss of his
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. Some difficulties include racism, religious discrimination, and dealing with others’ cruelness or kindness.
The boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown, takes the reader through the life of one of the main characters named Joe Rantz. The reader follows Joe through his highs and lows he endures throughout the story. Joe is a very determined, strong, and eager young man. He is six feet and two inches, a freshman, strongly built, blonde, with gray-blue eyes (Brown, 12). Joe continues to pursue in rowing even though he had to undergo some treacherous weather during his rowing practices. Determined, focused, and brave, Joe continued on with rowing. “The girls in the library lawn who had glanced appreciatively his way had had to overlook what was painfully obvious to him: that his clothes were not like those of most of the other students..” (Brown, 13). Based off the quote you can conclude that Joe didn’t have the newest clothes but he continued to go to school despite the fact he was a little different from his peers.
In Chapter Five of the novel, Janie describes Joe’s impact on the people of the town of Eatonville and his unique dominance qualities: “There was something about Joe Starks that cowed the town. It was not because of physical fear. He was no fist fighter. His bulk was not even imposing as men go. Neither was it because he was more literate than the rest. Something else made men give way before him. He had a bow-down command in his face, and every step he took made the thing more tangible” (47). Joe Starks is the husband of Janie and the proud mayor of Eatonville, the first self-governing all-black town. Starks is a control freak and incredibly stubborn when it comes to considering other opinions against his own.
The book shows many aspect of betrayals happened to the characters in the story. Linda, whitey, Geraldine -Joe’s mother-, and Joe, each one of them had exposure to betrayal in their own way. However Joe -the main character- in the story faced many of betrayals from his father or the tribal authorities. Those betrayals had influenced in his actions and behaviors.
Henrietta Lacks cells are immortal, they have been used to develop the polio vaccine, cloning, and gene mapping (Skloot). Henrietta’s cells originated from a cancerous tumor. When she died the tumor was removed without her family’s knowledge. Henrietta had a total of five children. The father of these five children was her cousin David Lacks. Joe Zakariyya Lacks was her youngest child and was born right before she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
She was with someone who she actually loved and she felt that she needed nothing more. She believed that Joe would show her the pear tree feeling, after all she did have feelings for him. “‘Ah’m uh man with principles. You ain’t never knowed what is was to be treated lak a lady and Ah wants to be the one tuh show yuh…’” (Hurston 29). Even Joe said that he wanted to treat Janie right. They both started a new life in an incomplete town. Joe took the lead, trying to get the government and town to boom. When others did not show leadership, Joe became mayor of the town, acquiring most of the power. When Joe was elected, a man asks for Janie to make a speech. Before Janie could even speak, Joe cut in and said, “‘Thank yuh fuh yo’ compliments, but mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech-makin’. Ah never married her for nothin’ lak dat. She’s uh women and her place is in de home’” (Hurston 43). This was the first sign that Joe was restrictive because he believed that Janie should be treated like property more than an equal human. Joe treated Janie like she was a piece of art that should be looked at and admired. Joe eventually built a two story house in which Janie and he lived. The house was much bigger than any of the other houses in the town, making the impression that they had a lot of power. Since Joe insisted that he was such a busy man, Janie was forced to work in the shop.
All of Joe Rantz life, he was constantly let down by those around him, especially his own family. However, he never let his feelings be revealed due to his desire to keep his reputation for being masculine alive. Because of this, many people including his own girlfriend, Joyce Sindars viewed him as this impassive and impenetrable person: “ ‘I just don’t understand why you don’t get angry Joe’... ‘It takes energy to get angry … When they left, it took everything I had in me just to survive. Now I have to stay focused. I’ve just gotta take care of it myself.’”(134). Joe feels as though evoking of feelings of anger, would only do more damage than good. He does not want to be hurt more, so his best option was to keep this all inside: “Joe realized, he answered hesitantly, cautiously, unused to unveiling himself”(219). Joe Rantz has never allowed himself to fully expose who he is to people. He fears that if he does people would be able to capitalize on it. The fear of having your vulnerabilities capitalized on stems from people, especially Joe’s coach exploiting every hint of weakness he could find. Along with hating the idea of being taken advantage of, he also believes he will be seen as inferior by those around him. Men who commonly expressed their emotion were looked down upon for being more feminine than masculine. While showing no real vulnerabilities, one must also be mentally and
Have you ever heard of anyone with more dedication and determination than Joe Rantz and Ray Kinsella? These two men started from nothing, only having their dreams in the back of their heads. In the books The Boys in the Boat and Shoeless Joe, both Ray Kinsella and Joe Rantz have endless persistence throughout the story with the hope of completing their dreams. One of the main reasons why these two men are so passionate and dedicated to what they want to do is because of their fathers influence on them. Both fathers had a strong work ethic and both worked very hard to set a good example for their kids. The thought of their fathers kept them strong throughout both stories.
From its very beginning, the genre of the novel developed in literature with the intent of describing fictional human experiences built in an imaginary world, but that can be based upon a true story, as they always enclose a slight realism. In the novels, female characters are portrayed in many different ways. In the books analyzed, these females are not the protagonists of the tales, however, they are described, more or less, as influential women, who have significant roles in the evolving of the stories; in particular, their function in the narrative is crucial and it shifts from supportive and inspirational to adversary and puzzling. The actions that these women take, the words they say and the connections they make, have the power to influence the protagonist’s thoughts and shape the novel. Both Great
He signs. He steps on the ice. He shoots. He scores! Mario Lemieux, a selfless hero, surely knows how to leave a lasting first impression on the hockey fans of Pittsburgh by being one of the only people to score on his first shift of his first game his first time in the NHL. His success is just beginning, however, because Mario does not just get the nickname “Super Mario” for nothing! Mario Lemieux persisted through injuries to inspire young children, donated to charities and founded organizations to keep them healthy, and kept their dreams alive by saving their city’s hockey team.
The idea of Death has been around for many years. He harvest the lives of others as a living. Some may say that he looks like a skeleton in a black cloak, usually holding a dagger or a sickle. This is often seen in today’s society; with kids being dressed as Death during halloween to search engines showing up the stereotypical image of Death. This is also found in media such as in novel series like ‘Discworld’ and movies like ‘Scream’ (the 1996 version). It is also found in the classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. However, the representation of Death in ‘The Book Thief’ and ‘Meet Joe Black’ differ from this stereotype. ‘The Book Thief’ is a novel that presents Death as a narrator, telling a story about a young German girl in
Great Expectations Joe Gargery is a man that acts like he was forced to marry Pip’s sister, aka Mrs. Joe Gargery. It seems like Pip and Joe Gargery were both raised the same way, with high prospects. “He was a mild, good-natured, sweet-tempered, easy-going, foolish, dear fellow - a sort
The Beginning of it All Ch. 1 Pip meets the escapee Pip was at his father and mothers grave The criminal asks Pip for some materials in order to cut off the metal brace on his ankle Characters: Pip- orphan child who lives with his older sister and her husband Mrs. Joe- Pip’s older sister Mr. Joe- Pip’s