Their Eyes Were Watching God

discuss Hurtson's use of the porch as a symbol in the novel

need to write an essay about the use of the porch and what it symbolizes

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The porch stands for community, and it is the forum for all large discussions. It is on the porch where Joe first calls a town meeting, where he is elected mayor, and where he calls the vote for the land. Ironically, the community meets on Joe's own porch when it wishes to discuss its dissatisfaction with Joe. Thus, although the porch is associated with Joe, it belongs to the community.