Literature Their Eyes Were Watching God Discussion

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05:15:28 PM Mar 23rd 2016
edited by CJB42
The first chapter of the book takes place after the end of the book. Would this make the entire book an example of How We Got Here?
01:51:33 PM Aug 9th 2011
I tried adding more to the description.
01:21:27 PM Nov 23rd 2010
Is it just me, or did the person who added most of these examples really dislike the book? I'm not sure, because I'm still rather new to editing, but isn't that a bad thing? I know I don't understand how some of the negative ones, like Designated Hero and Jerk Sue, are evident, and Designated Villain is just wrong. (The book is against sexism, so she's against the sexist aspects of men, but not men in general, and I think Joe Starks is a Jerk Ass.) Can I have a second opinion?
09:21:51 PM Nov 23rd 2010
edited by Solandra
Second opinion here: As someone who had to read the book for school, I would strongly disagree with whoever put up the Designated Hero and Jerk Sue labels for Janie. It's been some time since I read the book, but I don't remember Janie ever coming across as jerkish: she ran away from Logan not just because he was "less than perfect", but because he nagged her and didn't really seem to care about her, and railed against Joe Starks while he was on his deathbed not just because he treated her "less than ideally" but because he tried his damndest best to emotionally dominate her and hit her solely for not making him an ideal dinner.

As for Tea Cake, I got the impression that Janie was drawn to him not just because he was "tall" but mainly because he actually respected her and treated her like an equal unlike her previous two husbands. A man who genuinely loves and respects his wife and doesn't force her to do something she doesn't want to do? Wow, what a Shallow Love Interest / Relationship Sue!

So yeah, the negative bias of this article isn't a good standard and is misleading to boot about the book. (There's the possibility that the editor who put them in might have been referring to the movie instead, but I haven't seen the movie, so I can't know just how different it is from the book.) Already edited the article to make it fairer.
04:16:43 PM Nov 27th 2010
Thank you! I've seen most of the movie, and I don't think that the original editor could've gotten all the negativity from it, but the book does more clearly indicate that they were wrong, at least.
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