What is the significance of Janie thinking about Nanny after Joe's death?
As a former slave, Nanny lived in a different reality than Janie. She thought personal security, particularly financial security, and status were essential for a person to protect herself. Janie was able to take certain aspects of freedom, the material aspects, for granted. With Jody's death, even though Janie has the money and means to continue living on her own, she now understands why Nanny was so dead set on her marrying into a family with money and security. Janie is angry that Nanny's beliefs led her towards men that didn't treat her well, but it allows Janie to learn more about herself.
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