Their Eyes Were Watching God
• “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
by Time. That is the life of
• What does this observation
about men mean?
• Based on the previous two quotations, what
comment is Hurston making about gender
• 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
• 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
• How have Nanny’s life experiences and
expectations shaped her plans (and fears)
• 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?
• How is Joe Starks different from Logan?
• How is Joe Starks similar to Logan?
• Why did Janie choose to leave?
• Is marriage to Joe Starks what Janie
• Is Janie happy with Joe?
• When is Janie happy?
• When is Janie miserable?
• How does Joe affect Janie’s happiness?