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Chapters 10 Notes & Questions Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Notes: - Janie is closing up the shop by herself and Hezekiah warns her about the window locks, foreshadowing that something will happen to the shop. - Also this is after Joe’s passing so this shows a change from the patriarchal ruling system and now this is Janie’s first time being allowed to do and think for herself. Hurston does this to show the downfall of males in the story and the finding of voices in the female characters. - Assumingly Tea Cake is introduced to the story, he is introduced when he walks into the store at 5:30pm. This is thirty minutes before Janie was going to close the shop. - Janie is going to play checkers with Tea Cake and this is a game that deals largely with strategy so that fact that this is the game they choose might be an indication of how their friendship will develop. - Janie has never played checkers before and has never been taught how to play the game. - “Somebody thought it natural for her to play.” (96) This is Hurston showing Janie being included into predominantly male activities. - When talking about the seven mile walk Tea Cake says, “It would be for you, ‘cause you ain’t used to it. But Ah’m seen women walk further’n dat. You could too, if yuh had it tuh do.” (97) This quote shows Tea Cake as someone who is going to support Janie in what she does. Questions: 1. The game of chess is so important to the novel because this is the first time Janie is included into a male activity, on page 96 it affirms this saying, “Somebody thought it natural for her to play.” Hurston wants to show that when women have a strong presence they can be included and can participate in anything that a man does. Also Hurston shows Tea Cake taking Janie’s king to show that the patriarchy is finally over with Joe and that she is now ready for a fresh beginning.
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