BC: credits photos: flickr creative commons: zeldammf, stephenvance faisal. other photos: Lir Rogers excerpts from: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston.
FC: Imagery Project By: Lir Rogers
1: Imagery is used in literature to give the reader an understanding of the motifs and themes in a book. Zora Neale Hurston uses a lot of good imagery in the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
2: Pear Tree Goals
3: The image of the pear tree can connect to Janie's goals because the pear-tree marriage is what she wants to achieve in her relationships. Her goal is to have a perfect pear tree marriage. A pear tree can be used as imagery for the perfect marriage because the pear tree is blooming and changing. She wants to have a marriage that blooms and is beautiful. | "Oh to be a pear tree- any tree in bloom!" Hurston 42
4: Hair - Expectations
5: Janie's hair can be used as imagery for expectations. She is expected to keep her hair tied up when she is with her second husband Joe, because he gets jealous of other men looking at her hair. When he dies, and she marries Tea Cake, she lets her hair be free and he loves it. | "This business of the head-rag irked her endlessly. But Jody was set on it. Her hair was NOT going to show in the store. It didn't seem sensible at all." Hurston 55
6: Horizon- relationships
7: The horizon image is used as a motif for Janie's relationships. For her, the horizon is open and wide, but then when her nanny makes her marry Logan, her horizon is squished. Her dreams are of a wide horizon with many options. After Tea Cake dies, she is finally satisfied and pulls her horizon in and reflects upon everything. | "Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a grat fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see." Hurston 193
9: One of my goals in life is to travel and see a lot of beautiful places in the world. My image for goals is a fjord in Norway. There are so many beautiful places in the world, and this image shows one of them. | "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by things you didn't do than by things you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." -Mark Twain.