Their Eyes Were Watching God Summer Assignment

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Their Eyes Were Watching God Summer Assignment

“Listen, Sam, if it was nature, nobody wouldn’t have tuh look out for babies touchin’ stoves, would they? ’Cause dey just naturally wouldn’t touch it. But dey sho will. So it’s caution.” “Naw it ain’t, it’s nature, cause nature makes caution. It’s de strongest thing dat God ever made, now. Fact is it’s de onliest thing God every made. He made nature and nature made everything else.”(Hurston 64-65)

Journal Entry:
(R) This is a passage from a debate between Lige Moss, and Sam Watson on the porch of Jody’s store. As Hurston uses a great amount of dialect and idiomatic English, this dialogue speaks to Janie’s developing the knowledge of understanding of her role and relationship in the world. In the passage, Sam and Lige argue about the relationship between humanity and God, as well as between themselves and the world that they live in. Basically stating that it is a discussion of nature versus nurture. Lige starts to argue that humans are taught all of the knowledge that they acquire, which supplies antagonism to the relationship of mankind and nature. In Lige’s perspective, there are hot stoves everywhere, and in order for humans to be successful, they have to learn that it is necessary to be observant and alert as much as possible. On the other hand, Sam starts to argue that humans are naturally cautious, in which he expresses that there is some form of harmony between humanity and nature itself. According to…

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