Summary: Chapter 7
As the years pass, Janie grows more and more defeated.
She silently submits to Jody’s imperious nature and performs her duties while ignoring her emotions.
She considers running away but doubts that she can find refuge anywhere, feeling that she has grown unattractive.
How old is Janie at the start of Chapter 7?
After years of marriage to Joe Starks, 35-year-old Janie is beaten down. She has everything she needs materially, but she is spiritually and emotionally empty. Although Janie thinks about leaving, she fears the unknown.
What physical signs suggest that Joe is getting old and may be sick?
Hurston used this metaphor to illustrate Janie’s situation, meaning she was going nowhere. What physical signs suggest that Joe is getting old and may be sick? He has trouble moving around and his body bulges ans sags.
How would you describe Janie’s state of mind at the beginning of Chapter 7?
At the beginning of Chapter 7, Janie is dissatisfied but resigned to her marriage with Joe. “All the fight” is gone from her, at least on the surface, and she is going through the motions, having learned how to act to keep peace. Janie escapes into daydreams to mask the pain of her empty existence.
What happens in chapter 5 of Their Eyes Were Watching God?
Jody hires Coker and Taylor to build his store while the rest of the town clears roads and recruits new residents. Jody soon recovers the cost of the new land by selling lots to newcomers and opens a store. At his store, Jody is quickly named mayor, and for the occasion Taylor asks Janie to give a short speech.
What happens in Chapter 7 of Their Eyes Were Watching God?
Summary: Chapter 7
As the years pass, Janie grows more and more defeated. She silently submits to Jody’s imperious nature and performs her duties while ignoring her emotions. She considers running away but doubts that she can find refuge anywhere, feeling that she has grown unattractive.
How did Joe Starks die?
The doctor diagnoses Joe with fatal liver failure. Janie confronts Joe on his deathbed and basically tells him off. She lets out all the frustration she has been holding in these years and tells him how selfish he has been and why she doesn’t love him anymore. With his dying breath, Joe wishes death upon Janie.
Why is Janie’s insult particularly offensive to Joe?
Why is Janie’s insult particularly offensive to Joe? It made Jody feel amateurish by seeing his power and reputation ruined to the point that everyone in the store laughs at him that makes himself lash out in a blind rage by fiercely hitting Janie and driving her from the store.
What happens in Chapter 8 of Their Eyes Were Watching God?
Summary: Chapter 8
His health keeps deteriorating and he grows desperate, consulting with quacks who promise miracle cures. He avoids contact with Janie and stops eating her cooking. Janie learns from Pheoby that there is a rumor around town that Janie is trying to poison Jody for revenge.
Why does Janie let her hair down after Jody’s death?
Right after Jody’s death, Janie tears her kerchief off her head to let her hair down, symbolizing the freedom she feels to be herself again.
Why does Janie kill tea cake?
Instead, he is reduced to insanity because of a rabies bite from a stray dog caught up in the hurricane. Because of this, Janie is forced to kill the man she loves to put him out of his rabies-induced misery. That in itself is why Tea Cake had to die.
What does watching the blossoming pear make Janie realize?
She saw the blossoming pear and realized the connection to marriage, and felt she had been summoned to behold a revelation. She felt “a pain remorseless sweet” and she got up from where she was and went to the front garden. Once she is there she flags down Johnny Taylor and they kiss over the fence.
Why is tea cake ashamed and why does Janie hit him?
Why is Tea Cake ashamed and why does Janie hit him? Janie hits Tea Cake because she finds him fooling around with another girl from the muck. Tea Cake is ashamed of his actions. His shame is probably heightened because he often questions Janie of her relationship with other men.