Pheoby Watson In Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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When relating to someone you hold similar characteristics as them or consociate on a physical or emotional level. In the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” I partially relate to Pheoby Watson who is apart of the community/outsiders.
Pheoby Watson is the best friend of the main character Janie after she moves to Maitland/Eatonville. Pheoby is married to Sam Watson and quickly becomes Janie’s confidante due to her being affable. She looks up to Janie for love inspiration even though she is quite beneficent with her own love life. In the introduction of the story, gossipers of the community blether Janie about her looks and her reason for returning to Maitland she ran off with TeaCake. Pheoby observed the love between Janie and Joe Starks, but she was only an outsider looking in. She did not know every aspect of their relationship, only a facet that Janie allowed her to see. Based on what she was able to see she believed Joe and Janie had the best love. Janie dismissed …show more content…

I stand on the outside looking in assuming that their love life is everything that they want it to be. I’ve also done as she has and questioned the details in wonder. Just like Janie declined her assumptions, my friends have declined my assumptions and informed me on the mishaps, mistreatment, etc within the relationship. I also view their love life as a love inspiration. Their relationships inspire me for the stories that I write. I manipulate their story for my satisfaction utilizing problems that occur and their feelings toward certain situations. However, just as I relate to Pheoby, I differ from her as well. While on the porch with the other outsiders and members of the community, they all spoke down on Janie. Pheoby kept her response indirect, whereas, her husband directly told them to “shut up” and not to worry about Janie’s whereabouts/business. I, on the other hand, would have spoken in my friend’s defense whether I knew of the truth just yet or

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