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Full Circle Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered things enjoyed things done and undone Dawn and doom was in the branches Hurston 8 Zora Neale Hurston writes as if she were composing a symphony Each character has a clear instrumental voice and there is immense clarity as to when they enter and exit the story Her use of dialect defines a culture and her use of color brings it to life Through poetic imagery and symbolism the reader is able to clearly follow Janies journey as she searches to define her own voice and find meaning in her existence Since she was raised in a household of white children Janie didnt realize that she was different until she saw a photograph of everyone together Aw aw Ahm colored Janie said when she understood that she was the dark one This moment captures the naivety Janie possessed early in her childhood and the importance of visual contrast within the novel Mis Washburn Nannys boss dresses Janie in her grandchildrens old clothes setting her apart from other black children Janie was acting and living the life of a white child She grew up surrounded by uncommon privileges These early impressions influenced her opinions of self worth and boosted her concept of her own societal status Nature is symbolic of life growth and vibrancy and Janies adolescence is heavily defined by her environment At sixteenshe had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with life Hurston 11 Oh to be a pear treeany tree in bloom Janie exclaimed Her life like the blossoming of a tree was transforming from barren brown stems to the snowy virginity of bloom 10 At this point Janies life is fecund with promise Hurstons text breezes through the pages piling image upon radiant image Janie is so eager and holds so much potential Thus
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