Janie And The Porch Essay

775 words - 3 pages

Zora Neale Hurston parallels the porch to Janie's expressions; how she feels both emotionally and physically in the different stages of Janie's life in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston was born in Eatonville Florida, the same place where the novel takes place. Hurston was a feminist writer who wrote during the Harlem renaissance period. She has traveled to many places and her fictional and factual accounts of black heritage are unparalleled. She uses the main character, Janie, to illustrate the oppressions of women and express her views on how women were treated. In the beginning stages of the novel the porch scene is used frequently. Women of the town congregate on the porch in the evenings to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and gossip.The porch is used to express comfort and well being. As a young child Janie is guided and comforted by her grandmother who raised her. You can see this in Janie's grandmothers' want for the best for Janie from the quote on page 13; "Dat's what makes me skeered. You don't mean no harm. You don't even know where harm is at. Ah'm ole now. Ah can't be always guidin' yo' feet from harm and danger. Ah wants to see you married right away." These are some of the best times in Janie's life, but all good things do not last forever and she will soon pay her dues. At and early age Janie is married to a man named Logan Killicks, the man her grandmother has chosen for her. There are no porch scenes during this stage in Janie's life.Janie feels empty and very unsatisfied with Logan. The porch in this stage of the novel represents the things that Janie wants and feels that she desperately needs. Logan offers little or none of the emotional or physical things that Janie needs. By the quote on page 25; "If Ah kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh tote it inside. Mah fust wife never bothered me 'bout choppin' no wood nohow. she'd grab dat ax and sling chips lak uh man. You...

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