Thursday, February 12, 2009

Setting - Dirt Village

The setting of the novel reminded me of an old dusty town. "The varicolored cloud dust that the sun had stirred up in the sky was settling by slow degrees" (pg. 5). I imagined Janie walking down a dirt road, in her overalls, past rickety wooden houses. The townspeople, I assume are all African American, socialize after a laborous day. "Mules and other brutes had occupied their skins. But now, the sun and the bossman were gone, so the skins felt powerful and human" (pg 1). All the men and women relax on their porches and gossip and make loud remarks at those who walk by. The sun is low in the sky and the town is inactive except for the excited chatter. The air feels dry and cool under the shaded porches, the sky an orange tint. Hurston intended show what the people were like and what kind of people. Every dialogue so far has a southern accent and an African American impression. The town must be an all black town where everyone has the same mediocre house and the same type of labor ensuing job. Because characters like Jeanie are still in their 40's and still chasing men show how everyone stays in the same town for most of their life and no opportunity for a higher education. I wish I could write more... maybe next time and congratulations to everyone else who were able to write more than a paragraph unlike, yeah.

1 comment:

  1. You seem to repeat yourself a little bit here. Rather than make the statement, "Hurston intended to show what the people were like and what kind of people" you should be more specific and explicit in your analysis and illustration. Also pay attention to conventions of grammar and proofread your post for minor typos.