Double Entry Journal
“Ah‟m talkin‟ „bout is got un mule all What kind of man would make his own
gentled up so even uh woman kin handle wife do labor work? Confirms Grandma’s
„im” experience about women.
"Did marriage end the cosmic loneliness of That depends, especially if you were forced
the unmated?" to many someone. For Janie, the answer
“Janie's first dream was dead, so she After marrying Logan, she finds out that
became a woman" her dream of love and marriage comes
together had just been crushed.
"To my thinkin' mourning oughtn't tuh last Shows how much she cared about Joe in
no longer'n grief" the end. Her mourning had ended a long
time ago when the Joe she knew died.
“It was hard to love a woman that always The people of Eatonville were very envious
made you feel so wishful" of her because of what she had (money,
looks, long hair) even after all the rough
times in life she had been through.
"Janie looked down on him and felt a self- For the first time, she felt needed, loved.
crushing love. So her soul crawled out Unlike her previous two husbands. She had
from its hiding place" found the love of her life.
"They sat in company with the others in This shows that god is in control. That their
other shanties, their eyes straining against fate is in his hands. Not just for Janie or
crude walls and their souls asking if He Tea Cake, or black or white, human or
meant to measure their puny might against animal, but for all living things.
His. They seemed to be staring at the dark,
but their eyes were watching God"
“de woman is de mule uh de world so fur According to grandma’s experience,
as Ah can see" women weren’t people; they were there to
serve the man. Logan and Joe treated her as
"Mrs. Turner, like all other believers had Depicts Mrs. Turner’s bigotry against her
built an altar to the unattainable - own race. She sees a world that is
Caucasian characteristics for all" impossible, one that is all white. She
worships an ideal that will never reward
her. Her ideals are flawed.
"went on in her overalls. She was too busy A lot more different that Joe’s funeral. She
feeling grief to dress like grief" was actually grieving. She truly loved her
husband this time.
"'Somebody got to think for women and I dislike Joe because of this quote. He
chillun and chickens and cows. I god, they thinks that women are no better than
sho don't think none theirselves.'" cattle?! If I were in Janie’s position I
wouldn’t think about another second of
being with him.
"…love ain't somethin' lak uh grindstone Love is something that cannot be defined;
dat's de same thing everywhere and do de it’s like trying to define a variable. For love
same thing tuh everything it touch. Love is to happen, the two ends must fit perfectly.
lak de sea. It's uh movin' thing, but still and
all, it takes its shape from de shore it
meets, and it's different with every shore"
"It's uh known fact, Pheoby, you got tuh go Some very valuable advice that made
there tuh know Pheoby thinks again about her life. You
there….Two things everybody's got tuh do must be able to live your own life, not
fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, someone else’s. Janie found this out
and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh through her experiences. She tried to live
theyselves" the life that grandma had told her to, that
didn’t work. Your parents or anyone cannot
tell you or show you life. The only way to
understand life is to live it yourself.
“A big table loaded down with fried This must have been a very enjoyable meal.
chicken and biscuits and a wash-tub full of Free fried chicken, biscuits, and macaroni
macaroni with plenty cheese in it” and cheese for all. I wish I was there to eat
“Nobody else on earth kin hold uh candle Big words for a big promise. She was
tuh you, baby. You gots de keys to de skeptical and he needed to say something
kingdom.” to convince her of his dedication.
"Naw, Ah ain't no young gal no mo' but den Finally she has had enough of Joe’s abuse.
Ah ain't no old woman neither. Ah reckon Now she finally stands up for herself and
Ah looks mah age too. But Ah'm uh woman counterattacks Joe’s remark below the belt.
every inch of me, and Ah know it. Dat's uh Shows that she has a strong image of
whole lot more'n you kin say. You big- herself and nobody can break it.
bellies round here and put out a lot of
brag, but 'tain't nothin' to it but yo' big
voice. Humph! Talkin"bout me lookin' old!
When you pull down yo' britches, you look
lak de change uh life."
"It was so crazy digging worms by lamp Tea Cake wanted her to do things that Jody
light and setting out for Lake Sabelia would never permit. It’s almost if she just
after midnight that she felt like a child got out of her parents house and is living
breaking rules. That's what made Janie on her own rules now. Tea Cake found the
like it." right strings to pull.
"Janie pulled back a long time because This was something that Logan did not
he did not represent sun-up and pollen offer. Joe offered her an ideal and that’s
and blooming trees, but he spoke for why she ran off with him.
far horizon. He spoke for change and
"'So Ah'm back home agin and Ah'm She is glad to be back from her trip through
satisfied tuh be heah. Ah done been tuh de life. She has gone to the horizon of life and
horizon and back and now Ah kin set heah back. Now she can live by her experiences.
in mah house and live by comparisons.'"
"Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon Her self revelation. She is finally
like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around “enlightened” about life. She now
the waist of the world and draped it over understands life. She now owns the
her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! horizon. It’s no longer something that’s far
She called in her soul to come and see" off in the distance. She has been
strengthened by it. She has become wiser
by it. She is now ready to live it to its full