Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay

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HAmLit March 9, 2015 Their Eyes Were Watching God Questions: 1. What function does the concept of gender roles have on the meaning of Their Eyes Were Watching God? How could Janie's character be considered "ahead of her time" compared to other women in Their Eyes Were Watching God? In what ways could Janie be read as feminist? During this time period men and women had different roles. Though women were not really weaker then men, the only way for a woman to gain power during this time was through marriage, if she married a powerful, wealthy man. During the novel Janie’s second husband Joe is an example of how this role is shown. Throughout the story Joe constantly silences Janie and believes that a woman’s place is at home. “…mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech-meakin’. Ah never married her for nothin’ lak dat. She’s uh woman and her place is in de home.” (43) Though when Janie does stand up for herself it is considered wrong. Janie can be seen as a feminist since she wants to marry someone who she chooses and not someone who was just there to protect her. Unlike her grandmother who believes that it is better to a powerful man to look out for you. 2. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, what does Nanny mean when she says, “…Ah’m a cracked plate.” (20) During the second chapter of the novel, Janie’s grandmother witnesses the thirteen-year old Janie kissing Jonny Taylor. Alarmed that Janie is becoming like the "blossoming pear tree" in the backyard, Nanny forces Janie to marry Logan Killicks. Nanny does not intend to be cruel; she simply tries to protect Janie from the fate of her mother, Leafy, who was violated as a young girl and ruined mentally after that. Also herself, who was also violated by Leafy’s father, the owner of a plantation. Janie's grandmother calls herself “a cracked plate” because her life and her heart have been broken by

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