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Tewwg Fig Lang

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Literary Devices in Their Eyes Were Watching God

. theme.Motif •A recurring subject. or idea.

Important Motifs • • • • • • Nature Gender roles Marriage Freedom vs. Confinement Race and Racism Community .


Common Symbols • Pear Tree • Hurricane • Janie‟s Hair • The Bee and The Mule .


.Metaphor • Showing how two things that are usually not alike are similar in one important way.

2) .Metaphor • "De woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see“ (Ch.

So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold a revelation“ (Ch.Metaphor • “…the inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom. the thousand sistercalyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. 2) .


usually using “like” or “as”.Simile • The comparison of two dissimilar nouns. .

19) .” (Ch. only much darker than that.Simile • “Then she saw all of the colored people standing in the back of the courtroom. Packed tight like a case of celery.

Simile • “Sometime that night the winds came back. Everything in the world had a strong rattle. sharp.” (Ch. 18) . and short like Stew Beef vibrating the drum head near the edge with his fingers.


Personification • Giving human qualities to non-human things .

18) .Personification • “It woke up old Okechobee and the monster began to roll in in his bed.” (Ch.” • “A big burst of thunder and lightning that trampled over the roof of the house.

and without a roof. 8) .Personification • “So Janie began to think of Death. Been standing there before there was a where or a when or a then. Death.” (Ch. What need has Death for a cover. that strange being with the huge square toes who lived way in the West. and what winds can blow against him? He stands in his high house that overlooks the world. waiting for the messenger to bid him come. The great one who lived in the straight house like a platform without sides to it. Stands watchful and motionless all day with his sword drawn back.

Allusion •An implied or indirect reference .

1) . Dat‟s de day dat every secret is s‟posed to be made known.” (Ch. Sam say most of „em goes to church so they‟ll be sure to rise in Judgment.Allusion • “Yeah. They wants to be there and hear it all.

7) .Allusion • “Janie had robbed him of his illusion of irresistible maleness that all men cherish. which was terrible. The thing that Saul‟s daughter had done to David.” (Ch.

and let it shine. let it shine.” (Ch. let it shine. 5) .Allusion • “And when Ah touch de match tuh dat lamp-wick let de light penetrate inside of yuh.

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