Passage from the text
| Pg #s
"Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget."
| Pg 1
| The narrator has drawn a distinct line between men and women. Perhaps this foreshadows a theme of "the role of women in a man's world". Also in order to have that kind of perspective, I believe the narrator has to be a woman otherwise the narrator could not be that precise about how a woman thinks.
| “There are years that ask questions and years that answer. Janie had no chance to know things, so she had to ask. Did marriage end the cosmic loneliness of the unmated? Did marriage compel love like the sun the day?”
| Pg 21
| Since she is asking questions, I am assuming these are the years for asking questions. So that foreshadows that the years for answers is coming. I believe the answers that she will receive will not be what she expects and will probably have some irony to the previous questions she asked.
| “I god, yeah. But not de house Ah specks tuh live in. Dat kin wait till Ah make up mah mind where Ah wants it located. Ah figgers we all needs uh store in uh big hurry”
| Pg 40
| To me, this shows that Joe puts others before himself. He wants to set up a store for everybody before he finds a place to lay his head at night. Of course, I don’t know how long this sympathy will last. I can see Joe getting to caught up in authority and power that he’ll start to lose compassion for the townspeople.
| "She snatched her head away from the spectacle and began muttering to herself. ‘They oughta be shamed uh theyselves! Teasin’ dat poor brute beast lak they is! Done been worked tuh death; done had his disposition ruint wid mistreatment, and now they got tuh finish devilin’ ‘im tuh death. Wisht Ah had mah way wid ‘em ali.’”
| Pg 56
| Why does Janie pity the mule? Does she consciously sympathize with it? Perhaps she remembers what her grandma said about mules and black women.
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