Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Chap. 7&8

"Then one day she sat and watched the shadow of herself going about tending store and prostrating itself before Jody, whle all the time she herself sat under a shady tree with the wind blowing through her hair and her clothes. Somebody near about making summertime out of lonesomeness."

I thought this quote was interesting because it shows the way in which Janie was able to endure Jody's insults and rules throughout the marriage. She was still felt very lonesome, as one can see from the second sentence, but she found a way of comforting herself and forgetting or relieving some of that loneliness. She went back to her view of love a child, that nature shows the true beauty of love. Janie let her "self" bask in the love of nature during the days, while her body merely went about everyday work in the store. By elevating her mind to another place, one without the heartache and loneliness she truly felt, Janie was able to live with Joe as her husband until his death.

3 Comments:

Blogger Jenni said...

That is very well written. I was wondering how she put up with all of his crap and I guess I didn't really read and understand that part as well as you did. I really don't have an argument for you, you are completely right with what you said, how she spent the end of her marriage dreaming about what love really should be and put up with her real life by simply not thinking about it.

2/15/2006 12:36 PM  
Blogger Julien said...

This quote is very intresting, I saw a similar message in it. Jody insulted Janie alot and this quote really describes her struggle. She was able to live with him until his death, but she was also had an argument before he died. But for the most part, she lived with his insults and rules. "elevating he mind to another place" I would totaly agree with you on that one. Thats a good way to describe it.

2/15/2006 12:43 PM  
Blogger Kimberlee said...

This is very well written I like your connections with the begining of the book at her childhood belifs. I completely agree with what you said and really like how well you understood what was going on. I really enjoy reading your writting! It seems you understand very well.

2/15/2006 12:50 PM  

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