Hurston Figurative Language Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Hurston uses figurative language such as, “..his toe-nails look lak mule foots” to indicate a negative criticism of suppression. This shows that her idealized vision of love is being spoiled because she is marrying an ugly man for only one reason which is pleasing Nanny. She is disgusted in the fact that Logan doesn’t present himself as a sanitary and healthy man. Janie’s thought of going through with the wedding was, “Yes she would love Logan after they were married. She could see no way for it to come about, but Nanny and the old folks had said it, so it must be so” (Hurston 21). Since Nanny says love will go along with marriage Janie will magically love him after she marries Logan. When she went along with it a couple …show more content…
During the time Tea Cake tried teaching Janie the game of checkers, “ He set it up and began to show her and she found herself glowing inside. Somebody wanted her to play” (Hurston 95-96). This means that Tea Cake treats Janie equally and gives her a chance to love how a real man should act. Tea Cake’s behavior towards Janie separates him from all the other men. Hurston’s point of view of being an omniscient narrator interprets the shocking feeling Janie has about actually being involved in an activity where she usually wouldn’t be. Tea Cake’s thought about Janie being older has, “..got uh whole lot tuh do wid convenience, but it ain’t got nothin’ tuh do wid love” (Hurston 105). He doesn’t care about their age difference when there’s real love involved. Tea Cake addressing this sensitive subject to Janie allows him to be more captivating to her. Hurston’s use of style helps the reader realize that Tea Cake believes the importance of their relationship should only be about love and not meaningless things. One time when Tea Cake left his wife at home alone, “ ..it was always going to be dark to Janie if Tea Cake didn’t soon come back” (Hurston 120). This shows that Tea Cake is the light to her world and without him she would be left in solitary. The imagery such as, “it was always going to be dark..” is used to convey that Janie’s life will be incomplete and deserted without Tea Cake. Janie demonstrates the absolute love she has for him. Love can come anytime, it’s just the matter of having to wait and let it find

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