The Qualities of a BOSS - Their Eyes Were Watching God: PART 3

Discussion
May 9, 2011
by: PHuang

Now we start off with chapter 5. We just read a review for chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the book called, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. To summerize what happened so far, Janie gave up her dream and fell upon being a woman. Later on she gets into multiple arguments with her husband and meets a stranger on the road near her house which she started to talk to a lot. Than, she runs off with him after being fed up with her husband. So now, in chapter 5, we get to see what is going on now with the man she ran off with, which is named Joe. 

"On the train the nest day, Joe didn't make many speeches with rymes to her, but he brought her the best things the butcher had, like apples and glass lanturn full of candles. Mostly he talked about plans for the town when he got there. They were bound to need somebody like him. Janie took a lot of looks at him and she was rpoud of what she saw. Kind of portly like rich white folks. Strange trains, and people and places didn;t scare him neither. Where they got off the train in Matiland he found a buggy to carry them over the colored town right away." 

This first paragraph of chapter 5 gives us an idea of what Janie is interested in. Joe has most of the elements that Janie is looking for, but not, really, the elements that her husband had. Besides these elements of Joe that Janie pointed out, we also figure out that he has what it takes to be a leader. He comes into this rotten town and right away wants to see the Mayor, only to find out that there was no Mayor. Instead, he went to seek the man with the most power and so he shows up to where that man was. 

After meeting with him, he starts to get ideas on how to run this town. A way to improve the living conditions of this town and have everyone operating something. Step by step, he starts to look and talk more like a boss. "They argued a bit more then went on to the house where Joe was and found him in his shirt-sleeves, standing with his legs wide apart, asking questions and smoking a cigar." He gives us, the reader, a image of how he looks like and if think about it, it is the same image of how a boss would look like.

Seeing how much of a success Janie's second husband turned out to be, she would seem very pleased. At the end of this chapter, everyone listened to him. No matter if they liked him or not, no one challenged him. He had everyone under his control and everyone bowed down to him. This is how he got his respect and it don't matter if the towns folks likes it or not. So now, lets see what might happen in the next chapter of this book. 

Comments

response

Submitted by pdass on Tue, 2011-05-10 21:16.

  Dear. phillipe


I enjoyed reading your post on “ in their eyes were watching god “ by
Zora Neale Hurston because you summarized each chapter as you move on
and read more in other.It was surprising for me to see the all the
emotions and detail and opinions you added to your posts and made me
think more about the book.

    One sentence that stands out for me is “Joe
was and found him in his shirt-sleeves, standing with his legs wide
apart, asking questions and smoking a cigar." He gives us, the reader, a
image of how he looks like and if think about it”
I
think this is interesting and make sense of what the author wants us to
understand, Joe is being a guy who dont care much as he used.

   Another sentence that I found interesting  for me was when “Seeing
how much of a success Janie's second husband turned out to be, she
would seem very pleased. At the end of this chapter, everyone listened
to him. No matter if they liked him or not,

This stood out for me because since Jody is the new leader not everyone
likes him but there is also nothing they can do about. Seems like Joe
is taking advantage of being the leader.


    I do agree with you that Joe is not the same person he used to be
because he is acting like some mean controlling guy that not even the
same anymore.


   Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write
next, because its very interesting of how you ex plains about Janie and
Joe .

response

Submitted by pdass on Tue, 2011-05-10 21:17.

  Dear. phillipe


I enjoyed reading your post on “ in their eyes were watching god “ by
Zora Neale Hurston because you summarized each chapter as you move on
and read more in other.It was surprising for me to see the all the
emotions and detail and opinions you added to your posts and made me
think more about the book.

    One sentence that stands out for me is “Joe
was and found him in his shirt-sleeves, standing with his legs wide
apart, asking questions and smoking a cigar." He gives us, the reader, a
image of how he looks like and if think about it”
I
think this is interesting and make sense of what the author wants us to
understand, Joe is being a guy who dont care much as he used.

   Another sentence that I found interesting  for me was when “Seeing
how much of a success Janie's second husband turned out to be, she
would seem very pleased. At the end of this chapter, everyone listened
to him. No matter if they liked him or not,

This stood out for me because since Jody is the new leader not everyone
likes him but there is also nothing they can do about. Seems like Joe
is taking advantage of being the leader.


    I do agree with you that Joe is not the same person he used to be
because he is acting like some mean controlling guy that not even the
same anymore.


   Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write
next, because its very interesting of how you ex plains about Janie and
Joe .