Their Eyes Were Watching God Chapters 1-6 Chapter 1 • “Ships at a distance have • “Now, women forget all every man’s wish on those things they don’t board. For some they come want to remember, and in with the tide. For others remember everything they sail forever on the they don’t want to horizon, never out of sight, forget. The dream is the never landing until the truth. Then they act and Watcher turns his eyes do things accordingly.” away in resignation, his • What does this dreams mocked to death observation about by Time. That is the life of women mean? men.” • What does this observation about men mean? Chapter 1 • Based on the previous two quotations, what comment is Hurston making about gender in society? • How do the men and women of Eatonville perceive Janie differently? • Do you agree with the author’s observations about men and women —in the story? —in today’s world? Chapter 2 • What conflicts has Janie had (and does she still have) regarding her identity and her perception of herself? • What’s the deal with the blossoming pear tree? • How have Nanny’s life experiences and expectations shaped her plans (and fears) for Janie? Chapter 3 • How does Logan compare to Janie’s image of the pear tree? • How is Janie’s perception of her marriage to Logan Killicks different from Nanny’s perception of the marriage? • In general, how is Janie’s outlook on life different from Nanny’s? Chapter 4 • How is Joe Starks different from Logan? • How is Joe Starks similar to Logan? • Why did Janie choose to leave? Chapter 5 • Is marriage to Joe Starks what Janie expected? • Is Janie happy with Joe? Chapter 6 • When is Janie happy? • When is Janie miserable? • How does Joe affect Janie’s happiness?
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