Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay

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Their Eyes Were Watching God Main Characters: Janie Crawford Jody Starks Tea Cake Pheoby Watson Setting: Their Eyes Were Watching God takes place in the early 20th Century, in Florida. In this novel the main character, Janie Crawford, moves from town to town. The novel starts in the town of Eatonville. But Janie moved to Jacksonville and Everglades throughout the novel. Their Eyes Were Watching God is a coming of age novel. Janie in this book goes from a teenager, to a young lady, and then progresses to a elder woman. Plot Overview: Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story about Janie Crawford, a young and attractive lady. The town Janie lives in gossips about Janie and how she ran away with a guy much younger than her. When she returns the townspeople make assumptions to what happened to Janie’s young husband. But Pheoby Watson, Janie’s friend sticks up for her. Janie tells her story to Pheoby. Janie tells Pheoby that she was raised by her grandmother, Nanny, after Janie’s mother ran away. Nanny took care of Janie really well and loved her. Nanny’s only desire was to marry Janie to a man of social status and a man that can provide her safety. This was Nanny’s definition of safety for Janie because Nanny herself when she was a slave was raped by her master, abused by the master’s mistress, and Janie’s mother was raped by her Teacher. Nanny marries Janie off to an older but wealthy man, Logan Killicks after she finds Janie kissing a local boy. After Janie moves in with Logan she feels miserable and finds no love for Willicks. Willicks doesn’t treat Janie right, treats her like a slave. A man named Joe Starks comes into town. Joe starks is a very ambitious man. Janie and Starks start liking each other and flirt for a few weeks. They then run off and marry each other. Janie and Jody, Janie’s name for Starks, go to an all-black town, Eatonville. Starks

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