S: Imagery Project
BC: Bibliographies (on separate sheet of paper)
FC: Hurston Imagery Project By: alliy Barnes Block 1
1: what is imagery? Imagery is THe formation of Mental images, figures or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively
2: Hurston uses Imagery in their eyes were watching god to describe Janie's life. She uses common place things such as pear trees, hair, Horizons, and dreams.
3: Some of the most common motif's seen in Hurston's novel include the pear tree and the horizon. THe 3 Motif's I want to describe not only include the horizon, and the pear tree, but dreams as well.
5: Hurston uses the Horizon as imagery in the story by setting the mood in the chapter. In the novel, Janie's horizon represents Janie's goals in life. She uses the horizon piece when she says, "She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net, pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulders." (page 193) Hurston uses this quote to describe the the way Janie chased after her horizon. She traveled to different places and found it when she ran off with Teacake and experienced love. Janie went through 3 relationships to find her horizon but when she did, her horizon turned into a beautiful sunset and her pear tree blossomed.
7: Another common symbol that Hurston uses throughout the story is the pear tree. Janie's pear tree represents her relationships.
8: Logan Killicks was Janie's first husband. Looking through Janie's eyes Logan was, ". . .like a stump in the middle of the woods where nobody had ever been." Janie didn't love Logan. Once she realized this she picked herself up and left with Joe Starks.
9: Joe Starks was Janie's second husband. At the time Janie ran off with him she thought that he was her pear tree. She didn't know much about him but what she did know she thought was perfect. As time went on though Janie found that her pear tree, " . . . wasn't petal open anymore. . . " (page 71)
10: Tea Cake was Janie's third and final husband. She meet him in her store and he soon became" . .a bee to a blossom- a pear tree blossom in the spring. . " (page 106) Tea Cake was everything that Janie had wanted in a husband and they both realized this the closer they became.
11: Another common motif used in Their Eyes Were Watching God is dreams. Janie has dreams and goals that she wants to accomplish. Her dreams don't represent anything except what Janie wants to accomplish.
12: Hurston uses many different quotes to explain Janie's dreams in life. Some of Janie's dreams are to find love and let her pear tree blossom. Others include finding herself and becoming strong and independent. Janie accomplishes all her goals. It takes her awhile but she does it and is able to hold her head high when she returns to Eatonville. | Hurston refers to Janie's dreams as ''Ships in a distance every man's wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the watcher turns his eye in resignation. His dreams mocked to death by time that is the life of men.'' (page 1) Janie feels this way at the beginning of the book when nothing is looking up for Janie and she can't seem to escape living with Logan.
13: Hurston wrote this book when it applied to her but I doubt she knew that it would be read by people my age and applied to their lives. Hurston's motif's can be applied in my life because of their meanings. I have dreams, goals and things I want to accomplish.
14: I have lots of goals I want to accomplish while I can. Hurston wrote a quote in Their Eyes Were Watching God that I really like. It says, ''So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth and quenching the thirst of the day.'' I have goals just as Janie did; this quote can be applied to the both of us because Janie quenched her thirst when she accomplished her goals and I'll do the same when I accomplish mine. | One of my goals is to go to college.
15: Janie's pear tree blossomed and someday I hope to be able to experience the same kinds of relationship that Janie did when she meet Tea Cake. I want to get married and possibly have kids.
16: Janie traveled different places with her different husbands. Like Janie I want to go on a road trip with my best friends the summer after I graduate.
17: Zora Neale Hurston taught me a lot about life, relationships and achieving your goals. She was someone who made me realize that not everything in life is handed to people on a silver platter. I learned a lot and hope to be able to apply some of the lessons she taught in my own life.