Setting? Setting is the physical and social context in which the action of a story occurs. The major elements of setting are time, the place, and the social environment that frames the characters. Setting can be used to evoke a mood or atmosphere that will prepare the reader for what is to come Specific elements of the setting include: The geographical location The occupations and daily manner of living of the characters The time period in which the action takes place The general environment of the characters
Their Eyes Were Watching God Setting Throughout Chapters 7-14 Janie starts of in Eatonville then she moves to Jacksonville with Tea Cake after Jody passes away. From Jacksonville Janie and Tea Cake move to the Everglades.
Chapter 7 “Now and again she thought of a country road at sun-up and considered flight.” This quote demonstrates how Janie is tired of living in Eatonville. It is not that she is tired of the town but she’s tired of her life in that town
Chapter 8 “They didn’t talk too much around the store either. Anybody that didn’t know would have thought that things had blown over, it looked so quiet and peaceful.” (page: 81) This quote shows how due to Jody and Janie’s “fight” the store’s atmosphere went from enjoyable and lively to quiet and peaceful.
Chapter 9 “Janie found out very soon that her widowhood and property was a great challenge in South Florida.” (page: 90) In the 1900’s women were considered to be incapable of taking care of themselves. The men believed that if they took care of Janie’s well-being they would remain in control and obscure Janie’s power.
Chapter 10 “They joked and went on till the people began to come in. Then took a seat and made talk and laughter with the rest until closing time.” (page: 98) Time being a main factor to setting, this quote shows how Janie enjoyed Tea Cake’s presence. At that time of day and with the day being so dull Janie would have been home already if it were a regular day.
Chapter 11 “Moon’s too pretty fuh anybody tuh be sleepin’ it away…” (page: 102” This quote demonstrates how a place like Eatonville reflects on the moon’s true beauty due to there being no big buildings or anything that will hide the moon from being enjoyed.
Chapter 12 “She was borned in slavery time when folks, dat is black folks, didn’t sit down anytime dey felt like it. So sittin’ on porches lak de white madam look lak uh mighty fine thing tuh her.” (page: 114) This quote shows how the generation in which her Grandma lived differs from Janie’s generation, which builds up Janie’s character to prove her grandma that she doesn’t need wealth to be happy.
Chapter 13 “Jacksonville. Tea Cake’s letter said Jacksonville.” (page: 116) This quote demonstrates when Janie is about to leave Eatonville and go to Jacksonville with Tea Cake to start their new lives together as a happy couple. This shows a change in setting.
Chapter 14 “To Janie’s strange eyes, everything in the Everglades was big and new. Big Lake Okeechobee, big beans, big cane, big weeds, big everything.” (page: 129) This quote shows how the Everglades differs from Eatonville. In the Everglades there’s grass and greens everywhere unlike in Eatonville.