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An Analysis of the Topic of Mules and Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God and the Topic of Symbolism
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Mules and Janie In Their Eyes Were Watching God there is a lot of symbolism used especially to represent feelings thoughts points of view and even the own lives of the main characters Janies life was often related and compared to a mules life because she was a hard-working oppressed and mistreated woman for much of her life The first time Janies life was related to a mules was when her grandmother Nanny explained to her De nigger woman is de mule uh the world so fur as Ah can see14 This meant Janie as an African-American woman would have to obey everything she would be told no matter what she thought or how she felt because no one would really care she would have to bear all the abuse and the insults coming especially from white men Honey de white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out14 In conclusion Nanny was just preparing her granddaughter for her future life as an African-American woman so that she would not be caught by surprise To prevent all these mistreatments her grandmother wanted her to marry a man with the capacity to assure Janie a safe future in order for her to stop the chain of suffering in her family and be more secure 13-15 After Janie married the man her grandmother wanted Logan Killicks he began treating her demandingly as he treated his mules not caring for her feelings or what she had to say the only thing he said when she tried to complain was You done been spoilt rotten 26 or he would just compare her to his ex-wife whom he also treated as a mule 26 Unfortunately for him Janie was not this kind of person and decided it was better for her to look for a different way of life in which she would not be treated as a
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