Their Eyes Were Watching God

janie scene with the pear tree is gentle and lovely compare this to the description of nanny as a different kind of tree. Discuss the description of nanny and how the different symbols affect you ?

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Nanny is symbolic of the submissive slave-like conditions that black women had to live under. Janie is linked with a blossoming pear tree. The symbols are of freedom, love and the erotic. Nanny's visions are merely of stability in subservience.