So this leads me to the question of what are the

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so this leads me to the question of What are the authors views when it comes to beauty and race and how we perceive it. 9) [after Joe buys two hundred acres of land from Captain Eaton]: "Ain’t never seen no sich uh colored man befo’ in all mah bawn days. He’s gointuh put up uh store and git uh post office from de Goven’ment." (38) When Joe first comes to Eatonville everyone is surprised at the fact that he is a wealthy man and that he wants to take over the town. They are surprised because he is black, and they expect this type of money and power to come from a man who is white because that is all that they have known. But because Joe has all this money a success, it teaches the readers that wealthy and being a successful individual does not come from your skin color, but from your hard work. And i believe that this is a very empowering message and a very important one in the novel all in all.
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Stephanie Potvin 1/14/19 English 4 – 3 rd Ms. Cobb 10) “The sun was gone…It was the time to hear things and talk. These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long. Mules and other brutes had occupied their skins. But now, the sun and the bossman were gone, so the skins felt powerful and human. They became lords of sounds and lesser things. They passed nations through their mouths. They sat in judgment.” (1) The narrator talks about how the people of the town feel discomfort and lack confidence but this all fades away when the bossman leaves, which is white man. Because the white man leaves the blacks feel more human because they no longer have to do work for someone else and they are no longer having to answer to someone. This shows that the people of the town can only feel human with those that are like them. Symbols 11) Checkers “Somebody wanted her to play. Somebody thought it natural for her to play. That was even nice. She looked him over and got little thrills from every one of his good points.” (96) In the book the game of checkers symbolizes the fun-loving relationship between Janie and Tea Cake. The fact that Tea Cake wants to play checkers with her shows how he wants her to be equal to him. During the game Janie even talks about how Tea Cake “cheated” this shows how in a relationship, although the two of them could be having fun there is still a chance that in the relationship for them to get hurt when they are having all this fun in the relationship. 12) The Mule “Jody, dat wuz uh mighty fine thing fuh yuh tuh do. “Tain’t everybody would have thought of it, ‘cause it ain’t no everyday thought. Freein’ dat mule makes uh mighty big man outa you. Something like George Washington and Lincoln.” (58) The mule in the novel represents Janie in a way. Here we see that Jody buys the mule. Connecting this to Janie, this sis when Janie marries Jody. Then Jody sets the mule free when he buys it. This represents how Jody sets Janie free in a way, what i mean is that he sets her free from her previous marriage that she was not happy in. The fact that people idolize Jody for setting the mule free can also be compared to Janie. Everyone
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