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Stephanie Potvin 1/14/19 English 4 – 3 rd Ms. Cobb Quotes Notes Themes 1) Love “The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree but Janie didn’t know how to tell Nanny that. She merely hunched over and pouted at the floor.” (14) When Janie thinks of love she thinks of it as something amazing. Just like at the way she looks at her pear tree. The tree is something so important and beautiful to her. But once her grandmother tells her that she has to get married to an old man, this vison that she has for her pear tree falls. He tree starts to die just like the idea of getting married being a beautiful thing for her. 2) Love “Janie pulled back a long time because he [Joe] did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for far horizon. He spoke for change and chance.” (29) When Janie first meets Joe, she is amazed by him but that does not mean that she will unitality open up herself to Joe. Only because Joe is not the man that she has dreamed of under her pear tree. Although Joe does not represent a blooming pear tree for Janie, she still sees a future with him, in which she calls her “horizon”. She sees herself meeting the horizon with Joe in her life so, is not appalled of the idea of marrying Joe and spending the rest of her life with him. 3) Race [Logan]: "Ah thought you would ‘preciate good treatement. Thought Ah’d take and make somethin’ outa yuh. You think youse white folks by de way you act." (30) Logan believes that black women cannot demand things like respect or being treated fairly because Janie should be happy that he even married her and is the one doing all the labor in the relationship. If Janie ever asks for things like respect that she is putting up a front, and it isn’t what she really wants, and she won’t really fight for respect. He believes that she will never leave him because of all the things he does to provide for her. He also believes that being a black woman does not allow her to fend for herself, that is why he doesn’t like that she will ever leave him.
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Stephanie Potvin 1/14/19 English 4 – 3 rd Ms. Cobb 4) Race [Coker]: "Us colored folks is too envious of one ‘nother. Dat’s how come us don’t git o further than us do. Us talks about de white man keepin’ us down! Shucks! He don’t have tuh. Us keeps our own selves down." (39) Here Coker points something out that no one else does in the novel, that in fact black people also bring each other down, it is not only the white men that brings blacks down. Reason being that blacks tend to get jealous of each other and would do anything to bring them down, so they can come out on top next, this is an endless cycle. 5) Appearance [Janie]: "Stop mixin’ up mah doings wid mah looks, Jody. When you git through tellin’ me how tuh cut uh plug uh tobacco, then you kin tell me whether mah behind is on straight or not." (78) Here we see how men used to think that being pretty meant that you were dumb. You could not be pretty and smart. So here Janie gets mad at Joe for his comment about her smarts and looks. Also, we can see this as
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