Their Eyes Were Watching God

33. What do you think of the people who sit and stare as Janie says hello and walks to her house in Eatonville? The porch could not talk for looking (2) Why does Hurston refer to themas the porch"?


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The porch is a metaphor for a sort of theatre where locals watch the stage of life. Janie happens to be "on stage" in Eatonville where she is judged and interpreted by the locals.