Their Eyes Were Watching God

Chapter 14-The Everglades

How and why is this change in setting significant to the plot?

How is this move to the Everglades significant to the structure of the narrative?

What symbolic significance do the Everglades take on

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The setting of the everglades emphasizes Janie’s poverty and the relative decency and integrity of the lower classes, giving a sense of naturalness and righteousness to Janie’s innocence. The Everglades provide the necessary setting for the hurricane – a force of nature, destiny, and God – to interrupt Janie and Tea Cake’s utopian life and bring tragedy on them.