Their Eyes Were Watching God

their eyes were watching god


In the novel, speech is used as a mechanism of control and liberation, especially as Janie struggles to find her voice. During which important moments of her life is Janie silent? How does she choose when to speak out or to remain quiet?
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Janie is struggling to find her own voice in the first part of the novel. Before marrying Mr. Killicks, she had the voice of a young girl. She had visions of life, love and sex born out of simply coming of age. Janie knew that she didn't share her grandmother's vision of life with Mr. Killicks. She also didn't know her voice when she took off with Joe Starks. Joe demands her submissive silence. I think she only began to find her own authentic voice when Joe Starks lay dying in bed.