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How symbolism is used in Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston uses symbolism to enhance characterization in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God and symbolism is portrayed through the heroine of the novel Janie Crawford Three uses of symbolism are through Janies hair the store porch and the pear tree The way Janie wears her hair expresses her level of freedom The male characters of Eatonville gather outside on the store porch to converse and socialize The pear tree expresses Janies emotional state Furthermore symbolism plays a significant role in the novel by being expressed through the characters Janies hair symbolizes her freedom When she wears her hair up she is being controlled and yet when Janie wear her hair down she is no longer under the dictatorship of Joe Starks This business of the head-rag irked her endlessly But Jody was set on it Her hair was NOT going to show in the store 55 This enhances Janies character by showing that something as simple as the way she wears her hair affects the way she reacts and expresses herself When Janies hair is up in the head-rag she loses her voice On the contrary once she lets her hair free Janie regains her voice and is no longer contained within herself The Store porch is the main gathering place in Eatonville and the people go there to buy their groceries gossip and socialize When the people sat around on the porch and passed around the pictures of their thoughts for the others to look at and see it was nice 54 Janie is unable to take part in the male-only discussions on the porch yet she enjoys listening to them The store is the center of social life in Eatonville In other words the towns social time revolved around the store porch The pear tree symbolizes Janies sexuality and emotional state When Janie is being loved
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