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Hajir Sailors AP English Summer Reading Log Their Eyes Were Watching God-Chapter 3 While short, this

chapter brings the familiarized reader to an understanding with Neale-Hurston. The educated reader is now at a point where the book has introduced enough symbols and mysteries that a constant questioning of what is going on is present within the reader’s mind. Obvious from the first two paragraphs of the book the theme of men differing from women has dominated this book. The theme of the pear tree in the last chapter alludes itself to the theme of men vs. women as well. In the third chapter so is seen, the question of companionship is asked, “Did marriage compel love like the sun the day”. (Neal Hurston, 21). All that is said in the first paragraph, including the theme of questions and answers in this chapter is not answered until the last paragraph of the chapter. The chapter continues on about Logan Killicks, the man with sixty acres that Janie is going to go off and marry. Janie doesn’t love this man, but her grandmother says that one day she will. While Janie is skeptical she follows the will of her grandmother and continues on with the marriage. The marriage is small, but still everything to eat is in abundance. After that nothing was in abundance. The house was lackluster, much like the man, and while forever giving, large hearted and wealthy, neither love nor the feeling of home was present in the heart of Janie. Three moons into the marriage Janie goes to visit her grandmother in hope of being told to leave the relationship because as love is not there yet, it never will be. However Janie is told that Logan is still kissing her foot and has not yet reached her mouth, in due time it is only natural for love to straighten up. Nanny tells Janie to come to her senses, not any black people have 60 acres of land, a house, and money, but Janie is still stuck on love, and she won’t be coming off of it anytime soon. After the Grandmother sends Janie on her way, she prays to the lord in hope that Janie is protected because she knows she is about to go. A month later she has died. After her grandmother’s death Janie waits a full year and still there is no love, as a pear tree felt the pollen fly away. And unlike the last chapter where she and her grandmother

thought she had become a woman, she finally does become a woman. All the familiar has failed her and the hope of the man of her dreams coming down the empty road is now gone. The final paragraph ties into the beginning paragraph by alluding to the line “There are years that ask questions and years that answer” (21) with the line, “So Janie waited a bloom time, and a green time and an orange time. But when the pollen again gilded the sun and sifted down on the world she began to stand around the gate and expect things.” (25) At this point we are a year after the year of the question and the year of the answer has started; Janie knows the answer.