Defining Literary Style. Style: how the author uses words to bring forth ideas and descriptions: Word choice Sentence structure Figurative language Question to ask: How does the author describe events, objects, and ideas? . Defining Literary Style.
Jody must have noticed it too. Maybe, he had seen it long before Janie did, and had been fearing for her to see. Because he began to talk about her age all the time, as if he didn't want her to stay young while he grew old. It was always "You oughta throw somethin' over yo' shoulders befo' you go outside. You ain't no young pullet no mo'. You'se uh ole hen now." One day he called her off the croquet grounds. "Dat'ssomthin' for de young folks, Janie, you out derejumpin' round and won't be able tuhgit out de bed tuhmorrer." If he thought to deceive her, he was wrong. For the first time she could see a man's head naked of its skull. Saw the cunning thoughts race in and out through caves and promontories of his mind long before they darted out of the tunnel of his mouth. She saw he was hurting inside so she let it pass without talking. She just measured out a little time for him and set it aside to wait.
from Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God. (Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1978), p. 120.
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The areas we will be focusing on for this novel are:
“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly” (1).
Why is this quote important?
Discuss in terms of Janie’s characterization:
“The morning road air was like a new dress. That made her feel the apron tied around her waist. She untied it and flung it on a low bush beside the road and walked on, picking flowers and making a bouquet…From now on until death she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled all over everything. A bee for her bloom. Her old thoughts were going to come in handy now, but new words would have to be made and said to fit them” (32).
“Every morning the world flung itself over and exposed the town to the sun. So Janie had another day. And every day had a store in it, except Sundays. The store itself was a pleasant place if only she didn’t have to sell things. When the people sat around on the porch and passed around the pictures of their thoughts for the others to look at and see, it was nice. The fact that the thought pictures were always crayon enlargements of life made it even nicer to listen to” (51).
Purposes of this chapter:
3. Pgs. 67-75- insight into the expectations society places on gender
Insight into Joe:
Insight into Janie:
Focus on pgs. 86-87:
-p. 90- compare with the quote on pg. 72.
-p. 93- Janie’s continuing rediscovery of her voice, societal expectations, and the foreshadowing of the coming of Tea Cake.
Characteristics seen in Chapter 10:
“Tea Cake wasn’t strange. Seemed as if she had known him all her life. Look how she had been able to talk with him right off!” (99).
Characteristics seen in Chapter 11:
3. The re-emergence of the pear tree symbol
4. Discussion of EQs:
“Janie dozed off to sleep but she woke up in time to see the sun sending up spies ahead of him to mark out the road through the dark. He peeped up over the door sill of the world and made a little foolishness with red. But pretty soon, he laid al that aside and went about his business dressed in white. But it was always going to be dark to Janie if Tea Cake didn’t soon come back. She got out of the bed but a chair couldn’t hold her. She dwindled down on the floor with her head in a rocking chair” (120).
Think about the following quote in terms of the 3rd EQ:
“Sometimes Janie would think of the old days in the big white house and the store and laugh to herself. What if Eatonville could see her now in her blue denim overalls and heavy shoes? The crowd of people around her and a dice game on her floor! She was sorry for her friends back there and scornful of the others…here she could listen and laugh and even talk some if she wanted to. She got so she could tell big stories herself from listening to the rest….no matter how rough it was, people seldom got mad, because everything was done for a laugh” (134).
“The wind came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last time. They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God” (160).
A strong thesis statement must:
One should write more formally for school than for a friend.
Because schooling is intended to prepare students for life in the workforce, it is therefore appropriate for one to write formally in an educational setting and reserve informal writing for social situations.
Janie stood where he left her for unmeasured time and thought. She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered. But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over. In a way she turned her back upon the image where it lay and looked further. She had no more blossomy openings dusting pollen over her man, neither any glistening young fruit where the petals used to be. She found that she had a host of thoughts she had never expressed to him, and numerous emotions she had never let Jody know about. Things packed up and put away in parts of her heart where he could never find them. She was saving up feelings for some man she had never seen. She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them.
She bathed and put on a fresh dress and head kerchief and went on to the store before Jody had time to send for her. That was a bow to the outside of things.