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Zora Neale Hurston parallels the porch to Janies expressions how she feels both emotionally and physically in the different stages of Janies life in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston was born in Eatonville Florida the same place where the novel takes place Hurston was a feminist writer who wrote during the Harlem renaissance period She has traveled to many places and her fictional and factual accounts of black heritage are unparalleled She uses the main character Janie to illustrate the oppressions of women and express her views on how women were treated In the beginning stages of the novel the porch scene is used frequently Women of the town congregate on the porch in the evenings to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and gossip The porch is used to express comfort and well being As a young child Janie is guided and comforted by her grandmother who raised her You can see this in Janies grandmothers want for the best for Janie from the quote on page 13 Dats what makes me skeered You dont mean no harm You dont even know where harm is at Ahm ole now Ah cant be always guidin yo feet from harm and danger Ah wants to see you married right away These are some of the best times in Janies life but all good things do not last forever and she will soon pay her dues At and early age Janie is married to a man named Logan Killicks the man her grandmother has chosen for her There are no porch scenes during this stage in Janies life Janie feels empty and very unsatisfied with Logan The porch in this stage of the novel represents the things that Janie wants and feels that she desperately needs Logan offers little or none of the emotional or physical things that Janie needs By the quote on page 25 If Ah kin haul de wood
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