Their Eyes Were Watching God – Comprehension Chapters 1 – 3

“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board” could mean…. Dreams will arrive like expected for some and not for others.
Who might the “Watcher” be? God or the dreamer himself.
What literary device is being used in the phrase: “…mocked to death by Time”? Personification; there is often not enough time for dreams to come true.
What literary device is being used in the phrase: “The sun had gone, but had left his footprints in the sky”? Personification or metaphor; the sun had gone down and left the stars.
What literary device is being used in the sentence: “Words walking without masters; walking altogether like harmony in a song”? Personification; words being used that were indecipherable, but they came out of several mouths, almost like singers in a chorus
What is the mood of Chapter one? Somber, unsettling, confused, insecure, and suspicious.
How do people’s reactions to the woman contribute to the mood? The people’s gossip helps contribute to the speculation and suspicion.
What do we learn about Janie from this chapter? She’s been gone awhile and is returning. She left in a blue dress and returned in overalls. There is speculation that her lover took her money and ran off with another woman. She was much older than her lover.
What “discovery” did Janie make about herself at a young age? She was black.
Why was Janie raised by her grandmother? Janie’s mom ran off after she was raped.
Who is Janie’s grandfather? The white slave-owner.
Why did Nanny run away from the plantation? She was going to be whipped to near death for having the master’s baby.
Why did Nanny want Janie to marry Logan Killicks? She wants her to have a safe, stable, homelife.
What happened to Janie’s mother at 17? She was raped by a white man and became pregnant with Janie.
Who was Janie’s father? A white school teacher.
What does Nanny mean when she says she’s a “cracked plate”? Nanny is old and fragile.
What ideas does Janie have about love? Romantic view.
What does Janie believe will happen after she and Logan marry? She will fall in love and have the type of love she had always dreamed of.
How does Janie feel about her husband? She is repulsed by him and doesn’t love him.
What is Nanny’s advice to Janie when she tells her how she feels? To be patient; love will come.

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