Janie Crawford is a young black girl who grew up in the 1900’s and finds her way in the world against all expectations. It explores issues of race, gender and social status and has been highly praised for its rich character development as well as the lyrical prose. Janie’s mother, Janie’s sister of white descent, outdid her in her childhood. Janie has to be a maid for the family to survive, but she longs to do more. George introduces Janie to the idea of “Land Where You Never Die”, where individual can live their lives without fear. Janie begins to believe that her goal is possible and she decides to go after it. She makes a trip across the United States to meet people from all walks of life and gain knowledge about the wider world. Harlem is where Janie finally arrives, and she faces prejudices and discrimination. Janie perseveres in her pursuit of her dreams and continues fighting for justice, even though it may seem impossible. This book shows how narrative can inspire world transformation. Janie is an excellent character builder and gives a real picture of Janie’s experiences in the world. Janie is a brave woman who fights against prejudice and bigotry. Readers will be moved to cheer Janie on as she achieves her goals. This narrative examines how whites and African Americans were connected in the 20th century. It also examines the role of women and how they seek freedom.
Hurston used flood symbolism by Hurston to depict the emotional and spiritual turmoil experienced by Janie. Hurston chose this metaphor because it highlights Hurston’s belief that while change may be hard, progress is necessary. Janie leaves Logan Killicks to be with her second husband. This is the beginning of the deluge. Janie must face the emotional and physical consequences of her divorce. Janie is able to see the spiritual side of her journey when she realizes that her struggles are not unique. All people are subject to the same basic principles, and all have the potential to feel divine love.
The floodwaters wash away most people during a dangerous storm. Tea Cake rescues Jamie. They are expecting a horrible time in Palm Beach. They need to exhume the decedents. This passage uses symbolic themes. The author states that white corpses were placed in coffins, while black bodies were taken to mass graves and then buried in quicklime. While the white population settled in high altitude areas, the majority of the black population had to live in low-lying and dangerous places. Hurston’s flood is reminiscent of the New Orleans destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Despite constant political commentary on the tragedy, blacks continue to suffer in poverty and disgrace.