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Lindsay Lastinger Ms. Carver AP Prompt-“Eyes” February 10 th , 2011 Throughout Their Eyes Were Watching God , the aura of a post-slavery stricken society dominates the actions, attitudes and values of certain characters—most specifically the character of Nanny. Nanny, although not present for a major part of the novel, is Janie’s grandmother, and a stout believer in the importance of respectability and security versus true love and happiness in an individual’s life. Her beliefs, which are vastly different from those of Janie, stem directly from her former state of slavery, as her life as a slave forever altered her outlook on life. The clear diversity between the thoughts and actions of Nanny and Janie illustrate the greater theme that reflects the division between the slave and non-slave generations—a division that most certainly impedes the dreams and values held dear to Janie. Nanny’s life as a slave was one of harsh treatment and violence. Her experiences scar her for the remainder of her life, forcing her to overlook such life qualities as true love and the pure essence of springtime “romance”. To Nanny, security and respectability are everything. In her
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