Hajir Sailors AP English Summer Reading Log Their Eyes Were Watching God-Chapter 7 This chapter, while

short, is a turning point in the book, both the characters of Jody and Janie Starks have matured and are now aging. It is at this point that we are finally able to come to the realization that while Joe Starks ship might have come in with the tide, his dreams have become his master. Janie on the other hand knows the truth and knows that not much can be done and so she follows the introduction of a woman that Zora Neale-Hursotn gave to us. The opening line for the chapter is therefore very fitting, “The years took all the fight out of Janie’s face. For a while she thought it was gone from her soul. No matter what Jody did, she said nothing. She had learned how to talk some and leave some…But mostly she lived between her hat and her heels…” (Neale-Hurston, 76) This line follows the description of the woman in chapter one, “Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” (1) NealeHurston has kept this image of the woman alive throughout the book, and for the first time in this chapter a woman steps out of her boundaries for real. A major connecting theme in this chapter is the age that has now passed. Jody does not want to realize he is old, however old he is. He feels he can make his wife seem old and in turn people won’t realize he is old, however this is not true at all, especially for his wife. When his wife finally does something wrong at the store he comes over from the post office, corrects her, doe sit right and then makes fun of her age in public. This is of course ok beause he is a man and she is a woman, and he is making fun of her in front of many men who still have their ships out on the horizon, but with his ship in dock Jody doesn’t realize how quickly he could lose the mast. Right away Janie makes a comeback, she is not fine with her husband making fun of her behind in public so she goes one step further by making fun of his manliness in front of men. Janie had just taken Mayor Starks and crushed him publicly, more harm than a politician could do to him. An embarrassed mayor Starks hit Janie and sent her home.

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