Fun Comes To An End! - Their Eyes Are Watching God: PART 4
This is part 4 of my review on the book called, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. We recently went through chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Up till now, she is living a newer and more exciting life than she had before in the farm. Her husband, as of right now, is Joe Starks which became the Mayor of this town they settled in, in chapter 5. Everyone now has some sort of occupation and Janie is now the owner of a small shop that is pretty crowded at the porch.
"Every morning the world flung itself over and exposed the town to the sun. So Janie had another day. And every day had a store in it, except Sundays. The store itseld was a pleasant place if only she didn't have to sell things. When the people sat around on the porch and passed around the picutres of their thoughts for the others to look at and see, it was nice. The fact that the thought picture were always crayon enlargements of life made it even nicer to listen to."
This is what starts off this long chpter of non stop talking. To me, this sentence shows us that Janie is a lazy woman. She just wants to have a relaxing day after day at a place full of companions. This shop that she has to stay in is more of a burden to her and she just wants to stop sellign stuff and talk among the towns people. she wants to exchange stories with them and listen in with what others has to offer to the rest of the people. But, this is probably the least of her problems.
Another problem arose towards the end of chapter 6. Janie starts to have the same feelings she had with her previous marriage.
"Times and scenes like that put Janie to thinking about the inside state of her marriage. Time came when she fought back with her tongue as best she could, but it didn't do her any good. It just made Joe do more. He wanted her submiossion and he'd keep on fighting until he felt he had it.
So gradually, she pressed her teeth together and learned to hush. The spirit of the amrriage left the bedroom and took on living in the parlor. It was there to shake hands whenever company came to visit, but it never went back inside the bedroom again. So she put something in there to represent the spirit like a Virgin Mary image in a church. The bed was no longer a daisy-field for her and Joe to play in. It was a place where she went and laid down when she was sleepy and tired."
This shows us that the bond between Joe and Janie is breaking up. Sooner or later she would just move on and hope for a better life. The next paragraphs shows us that Joe even went as far as physical abuse over dinner that went a bit wrong and the biggest reason was the fact that Janie did not meet Joe's expectation that night for he expected something more better from her since he knows Janie can cook. With all this events happening, it was hard to taking it. Took me a while to decifer and decide what to focus on and I hope that the next few chapters would be even more suspenseful and interesting.