1 Internal Journal of English and Literature Vol. 3(4), pp , April 2012 Available online DOI: /IJEL ISSN Academic Journals Review Invisibility of the I's in Their Eyes Were Watching God Mahmood Daram and Sepideh Hozhabrsadat* Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Khuzestan, Iran. Accepted 31 December, 2011 Janie Crawford, the female protagonist of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, is a black woman. To be black and to be a beautiful woman entails the extreme visibility in case of body in the society. Janie is under the oppressing gaze of the patriarchal society and through strengthening the invisible inside and hiding it from the disciplinary power structure; she manages to return the gaze, to gain the autonomy. In this study, we will discover the way Janie learns to free herself from the shackles of suppressing society by changing the way she looks. Key words: Visibility, invisibility, vision, look, gaze, seeing, othering, power, body. INTRODUCTION In this study, the concept of invisibility in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston would be investigated around. As a folklorist, ethnographer, novelist, short-story writer, storyteller, galvanizing personality, and emblematic figure of the celebration of black culture by the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston not only wrote about but also lived the quest of twentieth century blacks to pursue beauty, individuality, and affirmation. Her writings, and her life, are characterized by a spirit of humor, contradiction, and imagination 1 (Wintz and Finkelman, 2005). In her masterpiece, Janie is a black woman and being black in a society of that special era, early 20th century, means being invisible, and on the margins of society at large. As a result of this invisibility, they are forced to leave the circle of power and remain on the margin. They cannot control their bodies and their invisibility. Bodies have definite forms and cannot be altered; instead they can control their spirit and their soul. Janie Crawford is born invisible, grows up invisible and is forced to be kept invisible all through the novel. She is on the margins of her society by being barred from participating in the rituals, traditions and distribution of *Corresponding author. 1 She wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God in power. She creates a special version of spirituality in which no one can enter and no one can be oppressive. The invisibility of an individual would be more oppressive when her voice and image be silenced and erased, not by choice, but by force. In this novel, Janie frees herself from the shackles of 'othering', the image that is imposed on her and it is not her. The image that the society wants to see and ignore the one that is undesirable. Characters such as Nanny and Janie "in Their Eyes, and characters from other Hurston's works, could model stories of women freeing themselves from the extremes of 'othering', binary images set upon them by the dominant Anglo culture and sometimes by the men in their own culture" (Fulmer, 2007). INVISIBILITY It is believed by critics that "controlling vision means controlling what we see, how we define the world. Visual power, then, brings political power, since those who determine what is seen determine what exists"(clark, 2001). Janie is watched and gazed at by her community members; she is visible in terms of body and invisible in terms of power. When she returns from burying Tea Cake, she is seen by porch talkers, "their eyes flung wide open in judgment". Although, they are "eyeless" all day long, when they see her, the narrator explains that "the porch could not talk for looking" (Hurston, 1990). Collins believes that, "in order to survive, those of us for whom
2 Daram and Hozhabrsadat 85 oppression is as American as apple pie have always had to be watchers". This watching generates a dual consciousness in African-American women, one in which Black women become familiar with the language and manners of the oppressor, even sometimes adopting them for some illusion of protection (Collins, 2000). African Americans were mostly an invisible race all through the history. This state of invisibility is not because of a fault in the physiology of body but because of "the psychological "construction of their inner eyes," which conceptually erases their existence. He/she is not a full person in their eyes, and so he/she either is not taken into account at all in their moral calculations or is accorded only diminished standing". So, based on this concept "From the beginning it will be relational, not monadic; dialogic, not monologic: one is a subperson precisely because others persons have categorized one as such and have the power to enforce their categorization" (Milles, 1998). Janie, though, in an all black community of Eatonville, is subjected to the same oppressive ideas. She appears in the community only to disappear. She is seen and at the same time not-seen. She is marked by men on the porch because of her physical beauty. They notice her body but not her experienced soul. The narrator tells us that, "the men were saving with the mind what they lost with the eye" (TE, 2). To control vision is to control what we can see and hence our worldview. Visual power brings political power. Those who determine how we should see or what we should see also determine if something exists or not. In Their Eyes, black bodies, especially black women bodies are strongly visible. For a woman like Janie, visibility is very crucial in her identity formation. But, she needs a kind of visibility that leads not to exploitation. Within this country where racial difference creates a constant, if unspoken, distortion of vision, Black women have on one hand always been highly visible, and so, on the other hand, have been rendered invisible through the depersonalization of racism. Even within the women's movement, we have had to fight, and still do, for that very visibility which also renders us most vulnerable, our Blackness... And that visibility which makes us most vulnerable is that which also is the source of our greatest strength (Clark, 2001; p. 600). Janie tries to redeem her vision all through the novel. Janie is a beautiful woman, so her body is visible to her community. This visual image of her body can be the source of both her vulnerability and her strength. The visible presence of Janie's material body "reflects the complex historical and cultural forces which have created her, and it offers her a unique, individual identity" (Clark, 2001; p. 601). Body plays an important role in power relations 2 ; it is an object of knowledge and a target for power's exercise. Foucault sees power as a strategy. Power transmitted by or through the powerless. Foucault believes power to be 'intentional' but 'non-subjective'. Foucault believes that individuals neither possess power nor are crushed by it. He explains that, "one of the prime effects of power is that certain bodies, certain gestures, certain discourses; certain desires come to be identified and constituted as individuals" (Smart, 1985; p. 73). Foucault describes the body as "the illusion of a substantial unity and a volume in perpetual disintegration". He believes that bodies are subject to change (Mills, 2003; p. 83). Through these strategies and techniques of exercising the power, the human body becomes subject to anatomy or to discipline 3. So in a way, power strategies create spaces which render people visible and observable in order to make it possible to change them and control them. The exercise of disciplinary power tries to punish the non-conformity. This power, according to Foucault remains invisible while those who are subject to such power are visible. In this schema, subjects were to be individualized in their own spaces, to be visible, and to be conscious of their potentially constant and continuous visibility. Given that those illuminated by power were unable to see their observer(s), the latter condition, a consciousness of being in a visible space, of being watched, effectively ensured an automatic functioning of power (Smart, 1985; p. 83). So, in such power relations, there is no need to use force to exercise power; the individual assumes responsibility and become the principle of his/her own subjection. Based on these concepts of power and body by Foucault, we may refer to Janie and how she is seen and at the same time invisible to the members of her community. Janie lives in a society in which women are defined by their outer beauty and not their inner beauty. In this society, there is an interesting blend between 2 According to Foucault, the disciplinary power targets two things: first the individual bodies and second the species body. This disciplinary power is "a type of power that operates by attaching individuals to normative. Self-understandings and practices that render them docile and useful at the same time. Disciplinary power subjects individuals in both senses of the term: It subordinates them and makes them subjects in a single stroke." See Also Gary Gutting, The Cambridge Companion to Foucault (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005) According to Smart, "discipline is a technique of power which provides procedures for training or for coercing bodies (individual and collective). The instruments through which disciplinary power achieves its hold are hierarchical observation, normalizing judgment, and the examination. The concept of hierarchical observation signifies the connection between, visibility and power, that an apparatus designed for observation induces effects of power and that a means of coercion makes those subject to it potentially visible" (80).
3 86 Int. J. English Lit. looking and listening and speaking. There is an interesting scene in the novel regarding this concept. Joe is ridiculing Janie's body: "T'ain't no use in getting' all mad, Janie, 'cause Ah mention you ain't no young gal no mo'. Nobody in heah ain't lookin' for no wife outa yuh. Old as you is." "Naw, Ah ain't no young gal no mo' but den Ah ain't no old woman neither. Ah reckon Ah looks mah age too. But Ah'm uh woman every inch of me, and Ah know it. Dat's uh whole lot more'n you kin say. You big-bellies round here and put out a lot of brag, but 'tain't nothin' to it but yo' big voice. Humph! Talkin' 'bout me lookin' old! When you pull down yo' britches, you look lak de change uh life." "Great God from Zion!" Sam Watson gasped. "Y'all really playin' de dozens tuhnight." "Wha whut's dat you said?" Joe challenged, hoping his ears had fooled him. "You heard her, you ain't blind," Walter taunted. (TE, 97) This passage can be interpreted in many different ways, ranging from Janie's toppling the god-like image of Jody and her coming to voice to the way both Joe and Janie starts to see the world. In this passage "Joe's perception is becoming inadequate for the major change at hand, and that second, Janie is going through a radical shift in her way of seeing and behaving" (Levecq, 1991; p. 91). We can interpret the visual both as an act of objectification and it can serve as an action. Looking can be a strategy of resistance. Bell Hooks explains: "all attempts to repress our/black peoples' right to gaze... produced in us an overwhelming longing to look, a rebellious desire, an oppositional gaze". With this gaze, African Americans declared, "Not only will I stare; I want my look to change reality" (Clark, 2001; p. 603). In Hurston's novel, seeing and being seen are highly politically charged acts. In Hurston's work, looking is not just confrontational challenge. Her fiction is full of examples of women's need to look, see, understand, and use language visually. The first reference in the novel to the act of seeing in regard to Janie is in her childhood. She lives with a white family and her Nanny, her grandmother. One day the white family shows a picture to her. Janie tries to find herself in the picture: Janie narrates, "So when we looked at de picture and everybody got pointed out there wasn't nobody left except a real dark little girl with long hair standing by Eleanor. Dat's where Ah wuz s'posed to be, but Ah couldn't recognize dat dark chile as me. So Ah ast, 'where is me? Ah don't see me.' (TE, 9) She does not see herself but she is visible to others and to power structures of society. This passage reminds us of what Zora Neale Hurston talks about in her introduction to Mules and Men: From the earliest rocking of my cradle, I had known about the capers Brer Rabbit is apt to cut But it was fitting me like a tight chemise. I couldn't see it for wearing it. It was only when I was off in college, away from my native surroundings that I could see myself like somebody else and standoff and look at my garment. Then I had to have the spy-glass of Anthropology to look through at that. (Hill, 2005; p. 47). Janie learns to see herself not through the eyes of dominant power in her society but through her own eyes or her own 'spy-glass'. She learns to look at herself and see her beauty. All these experiences are gained after passing many stages in life. Her clear-eyed view of herself at the end of the novel allows her to rise above the objectifying gaze of disciplinary power. She learns to differentiate between her inside and outside and hide her inside from the gaze of power. She knows she should put some notions outside for the people of her community to see and handle. Janie "initially subjected to the defining and objectifying power of a communal gaze, learns to employ vision in ways that are self-affirming rather than self-sacrificing. Returning to Eatonville at the novel's start, Janie finds herself in a position very familiar to her: the object that all eyes are upon"(clark, 2001; p. 604). One of the important places in which people see and are seen is the porch in the novel. In this space, the materiality of seeing is emphasized by characters including Janie. Porch is a place to talk, gossip, play checkers, signify, engage in courtship games, play music and see. All through the novel, we are told that Janie tries participating in the porch talk while married to Joe but she is forced to remain invisible; however, in her third marriage to Tea Cake she starts to create her own space. This happens because Janie's vision grows as she matures in her experiences. When the novel begins, this scene introduces the porch talkers to readers: Janie comes back from burying Tea Cake. She had come back from the sodden and the bloated; the sudden dead, their eyes flung wide open in judgment" (TE, 1). These dead eyes, "obviously do not see, or at least do not see the living beings who observe them, and their correlation to the porch occupants implies a similar hopelessly blind state. As they sit and look at Janie, their vision does not impart new knowledge. They are reduced to pairing their new sight with old ideas" (Hill, 2005; p. 88). When the porch sees Janie they cannot talk because they are looking, but this looking does not amount to new notions. Their vision fails them because of the wrong way they trained themselves to look. They cannot discern something new; they just look at the outer appearance of Janie. Hill believes that Hurston "establishes the porch as a space demanding careful conduct lest one fail to see
4 Daram and Hozhabrsadat 87 correctly. Its inherent demand for performance designates it a place where true insight is often overwhelmed by a need to be seen and heard" (Hill, 2005; p.89). So, in an interesting way, Janie though visible in case of body becomes invisible in case of identity. The men, porch talkers, look at her body and see her as sexed and women, looking at her outer look. Both men and women ignore her essence in that men reduce her to body parts and women ignore her identity. The rest of the novel indicates that the members of her community are watching her for years. Their gaze is out of weakness. As Cain suggests: Watchers are passive, weak, desirous, envious, feckless, helpless, ignorant, and enthralled. Spectating is not a sign of power but of want thereof; power belongs to the object of attention, who is often, in fact, Godlike. The most signal body on the scene in Eyes, from start to finish, is Janie s, the ship of every man s dreams (Cain, 2004; p. 98). The first paragraphs of the novel suggest a line between genders in society: Ships at a distance have every man s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now women forget all those things they do not want to remember, and remember everything they do not want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly. (TE, 1) We can interpret this passage in terms of men shipwrecking themselves upon gazing on Janie's body. The last of these men is Tea Cake "the insane man/dog. And, we will see just how close they have come to taking Janie down with them. It is a danger Janie realizes as well. That is why in the end, she seeks simply to escape communal scrutiny, taking refuge in the upstairs bedroom of her house where she can wind herself in memory"(cain, 2004; p. 99). Janie has a vision that is both realistic and optimistic. She watches the world waiting to be made like her. This is her vision in her early steps of black consciousness. She is figured in this early stage as possessing the will to look upon the world with eyes that see beyond the normal realm of possibility but maintain a hold on reality. She has the "vision of the artist" (Hill, 2005; p. 83). Janie tries to transfer her vision to Phoeby by her act of storytelling; however, she prefers to clarify the limited vision of porch talkers, so that later puts her story in sharp contrast to their words. She says that porch talkers use their mouth to see. The porch talkers are from those types of individuals who sit on their porch looking but not seeing things. Janie is an individual who strives for the horizon When Janie begins her story, it is dark but she has a revelation for Phoeby. Stuart Burrows says that "in order for vision to become knowledge, we must not only see but understand what we are seeing. We must see, that is, in terms of something else" (Hill, 2005; p. 92). Janie can articulate her visionary language only to a friend who is exposed to vision. She begins her story by telling her friend that she did not see her parents when she was a child. She is unaware of her age and history. Then, we are shown a scene which was referred to earlier, the scene in which she is shown her picture. She shows no dissatisfaction toward being black when she is pointed to in the picture. Due to her ignorance of her race, she fails to see herself truly. The next stage is her Nanny's house in which the pear tree "called her to come and gaze on a mystery" (TE, 10). So, Janie's search for identity begins by watching silently. This means both silence and seeing. Next, we are shown the different language of Nanny and Janie. Nanny sees the surface of things. She orders Janie: "Ah wants to see you married right away" (TE, 13). In the end, Janie tells Phoeby that she hate Nanny for trying to impose a false vision on her. Janie explains the difference between their worldviews: It was all according to the way you see things. Some people could look at a mud-puddle and see an ocean with ships. But Nanny belonged to that other kind that loved to deal in scraps. Here, Nanny had taken the biggest thing God ever made, the horizon- for no matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you- and pinched it in to such a little bit of thing that she should tie it about her granddaughter's neck tight enough to choke her (TE, 89). So, when she is young she learns the language of vision but in her first and second marriage she is forced to revise it. She is different from her community members in using their vision. She uses her visions for inner growth, while the porch talkers for entertainment. It is in this stage of Janie's life that the concept of visibility and invisibility comes to surface. Take this example from the novel. After Joe dies Janie gaze upon her handsome face and her plentiful hair: "she starched and ironed her face, forming it into just what people wanted to see" (TE, 87). Janie knows well that her community has objectifying look. So, she prepares her outside look to be visible to her community and hide her inside state of consciousness. Her inside invisible self has power but she, still, is not ready to reveal it. Du Bois talks of this psychological state:
5 88 Int. J. English Lit. The Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world, - a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others one ever feels his twoness (Hill, 2005; p. 103). Logan and Joe fail to interpret Janie's look; however, it is Tea Cake who uses his spy-glasses and sees beyond Janie's veil. Tea Cake is the one who helps Janie make her invisible self visible. She gets mature enough to understand and comprehend the invisible state of her race and her emotions and reveal her power. When she is asked by Tea Cake if she regrets marrying him she answers: " If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don't keer if you die at dusk. It's so many people never seen de light at all. Ah wuz fumblin' round and God opened de door" (TE, 159). Janie's fate depends on her vision and the ability to interpret what she sees. As the spaces, in which she lives, widens and grows, her visibility grows too, by space I mean the amount of community presence and participation. If we refer to the description of her house with Logan, his first husband, the narrator tells us that: "it was a lonesome place like a stump in the middle of the woods where nobody had ever been. The house was absent of flavor too (TE, 21-22). Later in the novel, we are witness to Janie's and Joe's house: "It had two stories with porches, with banisters and such things. The rest of the town looked like servants' quarters surrounding the "big house" (TE, 47). And, finally when on the muck with Tea Cake: It is a simple shack but we are told that Tea Cake's house was a magnet, the unauthorized center of the "job" (TE, 132). Her looking process, also, changes from her first marriage to the last one. Logan chooses Janie based on what he sees. She looks at Logan and she sees a man that, "look like some old skullhead in de grave yard"(te, 13). In this stage, Janie lacks authority, so she is forced to marry Logan. Then, Jody comes. He is attracted to her beauty. "He stopped and looked hard, and then he asked her for a cool drink of water"(te, 26). And Janie, a step further in her journey, tries to look back and return the gaze: "she got a good look at the man"(te, 26) and she was "proud of what she saw. Kind of portly, like rich white folks"(te, 32). As Clark interprets this passage: "What Janie sees is whiteness, and her valuation of this sets her on a path that will take twenty years to reverse. Looking at Joe's silk shirt, she overlooks his language of hierarchy, his desire to be a big voice. She has privileged the wrong kind of sight, a vision that fails to see into blackness and thus fails to see through language" (Clark, 2001; p. 604). Janie abandons her vision of pear tree for vision of horizon. That is why she chooses to go with Joe. She understands later that Joe's language lacks vision. She forces herself to think of a promising marriage with Joe, in which she is promised to be treated like a lady and sit on the chair ladylike. This, according to Clark is "an infantilizing position where she can overlook the world and yet also be subjected to its envious eyes" (Clark, 2001; p. 605). But this is not going to happen and things change in a bitter way for Janie, Joe limits Janie. He acts as if Janie is like a doll for him, so that whenever he wants, she should act beautifully and show her to public and in other times cover her beauty: He wants her to be both present and absent, both visible and invisible, a task he attempts to accomplish by insisting that she keep her hair tied up in a head rag because he sees the other men not just "figuratively wallowing in it" but literally touching it, and she "was there in the store for him to look at, not those others". Joe wants to engage privately in scopophilia within a public forum, without subjecting Janie herself to this public gaze. Once she is fixed by gazes other than his own, he loses his exclusive ownership of her body (Clark, 2001; p. 605). Jody tries to mimic white hegemony while displaying Janie in his store. Cain believes that: Her bodily disposition is a sign of a particular social order. This order is endorsed by the community, at times grudgingly, at times with enthusiasm; it is fraught with the tensions of hegemony. It is not too much, however, to say that for years Janie has been helping, albeit grudgingly, to perform Eatonville, propping it up through her quiet acquiescence to the dictates of Starks (Cain, 2004; p ). Janie makes her revenge by exposing his lack of insight and maleness at the same time. She says, "When you pull down yo' britches, you look lak de change uh life, " in defense of herself. He tries to answer back but one of the men in store taunts him," 'You heard her, you ain't blind". So she exposes his body to communal gaze. In a way we can suggest that Joe is entrapped in his own gaze (TE, 75). Before Janie and Tea Cake get married, Janie has a fear in her heart. One image of woman is very visible in the community and that is the image of Annie Tyler, a middle aged woman who goes with a young lover only to return a short time later devastated and humiliated. Mrs. Tyler with her dyed hair, newly straightened and her comfortable new false teeth, her leathery skin, blotchy with powder and her giggle. Her love affairs, affairs with boys in their late teens, early twenties for all of whom she spent her money on suits of
6 Daram and Hozhabrsadat 89 clothes, shoes, watches, and things like that and how they all left her as soon as their wants were satisfied. Then when her ready cash was gone, had come Who Flung to denounce his predecessor as a scoundrel and took up around the house himself. It was he who persuaded her to sell her house and come to Tampa with him. The town had seen her limp off. The undersized high heel slippers were punishing her feet that looked like bunions all over. Her body squeezed and crowded into a tight corset that shoved her middle up under her chin. But she had gone off laughing and sure. As sure as Janie had been (TE, 118). This is exactly what porch talkers wish to happen to Janie. In their blindness, they gaze to see the same thing and image in Janie when she returns. Janie is a little worried over the concept of body. The thought of a middle-aged woman with a young boy is already in the minds of community. She has to signify what is accepted in the society. When Janie verbally kills Joe, her "killing insult demonstrates her apprehension of exactly what it is she is supposed to be signifying and adroitly signifies upon that signification, calling attention to an important slippage in Jodie s body, which is like candle grease. 4 Tea Cake is different from the previous two husbands in that he does not let the controlling defining gaze of the community define him. When Janie describes him she says, "he was a glance from God" (TE, 102). Clark interprets this figurative sentence: "This metaphor highlights Tea Cake's connection to the visual; he recognizes the need to combine voice with understanding, remarking that Janie needs 'tellin and showin' to believe in love (Clark, 2001; p. 607). So Tea Cake acts like a guide for Janie. Janie has to learn by herself how to look and how to interpret the world. Some critics believe that Janie's problem in the beginning of her journey is not lack of vision but rather it is seeing the world with white eyes. Janie learns to look further as time passes. She is not content with the surface reality of things she sees. In one instance we read: She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered. But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just some-thing she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over. In a way she turned her back upon the image where it lay and looked further. She 4 This is Janie s greatest blow, because what matters even more than the illusion Jodie holds of his irresistible maleness is his belief that other men read his possessions as signs of his bodily potency. Hurston sees through to the homo (-anti-) social core of Eatin ville, where a man needs armor because there is no excuse in the eyes of other men for lack of strength and the pity of others is merciless (Cain, 2004; p.116). had no more blossomy openings dusting pollen over her man, neither any glistening young fruit where the petals used to be... She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them (TE, 67-68). An interesting point that is not mentioned by many critics is the clothes Janie uses in burying Tea Cake compared to Jody. On the day of Joe's death, Janie dress like mourners but her clothes are not integrated: she has a veil and we are told that "the funeral was going on outside weeping and wailing outside" (TE, 88). But on the day of Tea Cake's funeral, "she went on in her overalls. She was too busy feeling grief to dress like grief" (TE, 189). This feeling and its relation to clothes make readers notice her integrity at the end of her journey. Janie learns to value her vision and see herself better when she is with Tea Cake. She looks in the mirror and sees her beauty. She accepts that she is a colored woman with integrity. The next step for her is to find God. God is referred to first in the title of the novel. And, once again in the hurricane section: "They sat in company with others in other shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God" (TE, 151). Clark suggests that "one approaches God not just in darkness but by looking through darkness, to see God where others see blackness. In so doing, she enables a kind of vision that deifies darkness, replacing the emptiness with presence, presence in blackness". She continues to say that "by having her characters watch God in darkness, Hurston redefines rationalist and masculine control of the gaze, transforming scopophilia into spirituality. Her enabled gaze does not make women specularizable, for it takes place in darkness; rather, it makes God view-able and blackness visible"(clark, 2001; p. 609). Last but not least, in trial scene Janie make the audience "see" rather than listen passively. She had to go way back to let them know how she and Tea Cake had been with one another so they could see she could never shoot Tea Cake out of malice. She tried to make them see how terrible it was that things were fixed so that Tea Cake could not come back to himself until he had got rid of that mad dog that was in him... She made them see how she could not ever want to be rid of him (TE, 178). She learns to make presence out of absence. She learns to control her visibility and her invisibility. Janie becomes both spectator and participant in her own life: "To speak the body, for an African American woman, means to recognize its visual racial difference as well as affirming its sexual identity. Hurston's mind-pictures and seeingvoices reclaim the physical world of pear trees and the
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Fry Instant Words High Frequency Words The Fry list of 600 words are the most frequently used words for reading and writing. The words are listed in rank order. First Hundred Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group
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Page 1 Table of Content The Psychic Lotto Formula Jackpot to Success System... 4 Part 1 Channeling the Power of Your Mind to Success... 6 Part 2 Visualization... 12 Part 3 Integrating Luck and Making it
PUSD High Frequency Word List For Reading and Spelling Grades K-5 High Frequency or instant words are important because: 1. You can t read a sentence or a paragraph without knowing at least the most common.
p T w o T h a n k s g i v i n g D a y G e n t l e m e n THERE IS ONE DAY THAT IS OURS. THERE IS ONE day when all Americans go back to the old home and eat a big dinner. Bless the day. The President gives
(2) FEAR OF FEAR This lady was cautious. She decided she wouldn t let herself go in her drinking. And she would never, never take that morning drink! Ididn t think I was an alcoholic. I thought my problem
12 Step Worksheet Questions STEP 1 We admitted we were powerless over alcohol that our lives had become unmanageable. The first time I took a drink I knew it wasn't for me. Every time I drank I got drunk
T h e C o p a n d t h e A n t h e m p The Cop and the Anthem S OAPY MOVED RESTLESSLY ON HIS SEAT in Madison Square. There are certain signs to show that winter is coming. Birds begin to fly south. Women
Name: English 11 Kingsbury/Tietz Chapter 1 1. How does Nick describe himself at the beginning of the novel? 2. How do East and West Egg compare? 3. During what period is the novel set? 4. How does Nick
Lesson 6 Duties of a Husband A happy young man hurried home to his parents to share with them the good news that his girl friend had promised to marry him. But the father, rather than responding as his
Connectedness and the Emotional Bank Account Directions This is a self-guided activity that can be completed by parents, teens or both. It contains five parts and should take about 45 minutes to complete.
1 Tom and Daisy That spring, the sun shone every day. I was lonely at first in the East. But I felt that this was the real beginning of my life. I walked in the fresh air. I bought books. I worked hard.
"A Young Child's Point of View on Foster Care and Adoption" Michael Trout Director, The Infant-Parent Institute Reprinted by permission Mr. Trout is a trainer and course leader in infant mental health,
Set 1 The people Write it down By the water Who will make it? You and I What will they do? He called me. We had their dog. What did they say? When would you go? No way A number of people One or two How
Series: Freedom From Your Fears - Part 7 of 10 Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but to trust in God means safety. (Living Bible) INTRODUCTION Today we're looking at the Fear of Rejection.
"God's Wisdom Revealed to All (Ephesians 3:7-20) by Rev. Jackie Stoneman Paul begins this chapter by reminding the Ephesians that he is in fact a prisoner. Because he has been preaching to the Gospel especially
ABRAHAM DALLAS, TX May 8, 2010 When a desire launches, often you stand in a place of discomfort because you don t know how. It doesn t feel good when desire is surrounded with belief and expectations and
The Empty Tomb! (Easter Sunday) Teacher Pep Talk: Congratulations! You get to teach children the greatest Bible story of all: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ! EASTER!! There is no greater story of God
George ' I could live so easily' here we see the friendship between George and Lennie and the difference between their relationship and those of the ranch hands. ' I could stay in a cat house all night'
Pastor Spotlight Martha Fisher, CBC Women s Pastor Inspiration Martha Fisher, Women s Pastor at Community Bible Church, leads with a passion to reach, teach and help the women of our community for Jesus.
Role of husbands and wives in Ephesians 5 Summary The aim of this study is to help us think about relationships between men and women. It is meant to get us thinking about how we should behave in intimate
Devotion NT285 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Day of Pentecost THEME: Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell and empower us. Dear Parents SCRIPTURE: Acts 2:1-41 Dear Parents, Welcome
The Healing Rosary Jesus healed many people of physical, emotional, and spiritual afflictions during his short time on earth. In writing this Healing Rosary, the stories that I found most touching were
Answer key for To Kill a Mockingbird Chapters 22-31 Chapter 22 1. Although Atticus did not want his children in court, he defends Jem's right to know what has happened. Explain, in your own words, Atticus's
The Qualities of a Godly Father Mark 5: 21-24; 35-43 Today is a special day for many of the men here. Today has been set aside to honor fathers. Being a father is one of the great joys in life. I am blessed
Bible for Children presents THE MAN OF FIRE Written by: Edward Hughes Illustrated by: Lazarus Adapted by: E. Frischbutter Produced by: Bible for Children www.m1914.org 2007 Bible for Children, Inc. License:
LOVE AND PASSION- THE ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIP PROGRAM COMPANION WORKBOOK No matter how much we love our children, no matter how close we are to our Creator, no matter how important our work is, ultimately,
Shannon O Connor There is a Light that Never Goes Out No. I don t even know why I m here. I shouldn t be. You should let me go home now. I don t think we can do that. You must be here for a reason, and
The play s the thing: redefining and rethinking play Sandra Smidt Seen on the London underground A baby of about five months old, being held by his father, looked at his mother and shook his head at her.
Ordinary Moments of Grace To everything there is a time and a season for every purpose under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to sow and a time to reap. A time to laugh and a time to
T h e G i f t o f t h e M a g i p T h e G i f t o f t h e M a g i ONE DOLLAR AND EIGHTY-SEVEN CENTS. That was all. She had put it aside, one cent and then another and then another, in her careful buying
Sample Process Recording - First Year MSW Student Agency: Surgical Floor, City Hospital Client System: Harold Harper, age 68, retired widower Date: November 18, 20xx Presenting Issues: Cardiologist observed
Oratory Techniques for Effective Opening Statements and Summations Ben Rubinowitz And Evan Torgan Without question, the ultimate goal of every trial lawyer is to win. To accomplish this goal, the lawyer
The Muslim taxi driver was talkative that day as he picked me up from our house at the Virginia Theological Seminary. First, he marveled at the flock of birds across the field. Then he said with authority,
Grades 9 to 12 Personal Health Series KidsHealth.org/classroom Teacher s Guide This guide includes: Standards Related Links Discussion Questions Activities for Students Reproducible Materials Standards
Of Mice and Men Themes In his 1938 journal entry, John Steinbeck wrote that a base theme in writings is the strive to understand each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads
Life Without You I am invoking my right to remain silent in the face of life, All of my words have escaped from dictionaries, There is only one Word that I must say before Angel of Death is You. I am a
Love Story by Taylor Swift M A R I E S C O T T H O U S E 1 ST 10-27- 08 Novelistic/Dramatic Speaker: Juliet Setting: A castle during a ball Protagonist: Juliet Antagonist: Juliet s dad Conflict: man vs.
The importance of Prayer life Prayer means communication with God. Prayer will lead us into dependence upon God. A person completely declared before God I am nothing and God is supreme. And declare without
Type: For: Characters: Costumes: Props: Optional: Sound: Setting: A Christmas Skit Just a Little Christmas (Teens Version) Young Teens to perform for Younger Audiences. About 12 actors and actresses: Narrators
The Christian Social Work Model Christian Social Work Model l Jesus is Lord The Christian social work model is based on an acknowledgment that Jesus is Lord of our lives and of our work. The social worker
Self-Defense and Predominant Aggressor Training Materials Self Defense and Defense of Self; There is a Difference The following materials provide an outline of topics to cover by someone in your community
Week 14, John 10 Hook Current Event: In Palestine today, it is still possible to witness a scene that Jesus almost certainly saw 2,000 years ago, that of Bedouin shepherds bringing their flocks home from
Name: Date: Of Mice and Men Unit Test Matching: **Please match the description of the character to each character below. Please use all capital letters! 1. Lennie 2. George 3. Curley 4. Crooks 5. Candy
Activating Background Knowledge: Poetic Devices Device Definition Poetry Analysis Instructions 1. each line of the poem 2. Annotate for devices a. Imagery: identify the sense that is being activated b.
Yogi Tea Bag Inspirations received from all the Yogi Tea Debby has consumed over the last year A Act selfless, you will be infinite. Appreciate yourself and honor your soul. As a plant can t live without
1 The Road to Castle Dracula My name is Jonathan Harker. I am a lawyer and I live in London. About seven years ago, some strange and terrible things happened to me. Many of my dear friends were in danger
C A S T O F C H A R A C T E R S Montague family and friends: ROMEO MONTAGUE: A young man LORD MONTAGUE: Romeo s father and the enemy of Lord Capulet LADY MONTAGUE: Romeo s mother MERCUTIO: Romeo s friend
BUILDING YOUR RELATIONSHIP ON A FALSE FOUNDATION Sylvester Onyemalechi Every relationship if it is to be successful must be built on a strong and solid foundation. The foundation of every building determines
Process Consultation Revisited Building the Helping Relationship Edgar H. Schein Process Consultation and the Helping Relationship in Perspective In this chapter I want to summarize, comment on and reflect
Whereas I was Blind, Now I See John 9: 1-11; 25 We all know that great hymn well: Amazing grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me; I once was lost, but now I m found; was blind, but now
Devotion NT224 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: The Woman at the Well THEME: Jesus knows all about us and He loves us. SCRIPTURE: John 4:1-42 Dear Parents Welcome to Bible Time for Kids!
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Backpack by Peggy McIntosh Through the work to bring materials from Women s Studies into the rest of the curriculum, I have often noticed men s unwillingness to
Alcohol and drug abuse This chapter explores how alcohol abuse affects our families, relationships, and communities, as well as the health risks associated with drug and alcohol abuse. 1. Alcohol abuse
Dialog: VIP LESSON 049 - Future of Business A: We really embarrassed ourselves last night at that business function. B: What are you talking about? A: We didn't even have business cards to hand out. We
About This Lesson: Figurative Language and Imagery Common Core State Standards Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 RL 4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and
Waldron 1 Leanna Waldron Rob Hale Writing About Literature Laboratory 19 August, 2011 Comment [L1]: Note the heading with my name, my professor s name, the class title and the date. Morality Overcoming
A Child s Developmental Listens attentively to sounds and voices (by 1 month) Makes some sounds other than crying (by 2 Cries deliberately for assistance (by 1 month) Begins cooing one syllable (by 3 Coordinates
1 Corinthians 11:2-16 1. When do women today physically cover their heads (ie. wear hats, veils, special hair-styles, etc)? What statement might a woman s head covering or hairstyle make? 2. 1 Corinthians
Jesus and the Counsellor in John s Gospel In Jesus farewell speech, recorded in John s Gospel (chapters 13-17) Jesus introduces the disciples to one he calls the Counsellor. This Counsellor (the name itself
Neville 03-24-1969 < GODS PLAN OF REDEMPTION God's plan of redemption for us is the most incredible, exciting, and amazing story ever told It is the story of the creator of the universe, who so loved us
Why Listening Is So Important There is a saying about listening that eloquently summarizes the nature of the process. The source of the words is unknown, but the message is universal God gave us two ears,
Knights It is the time of ower lord 1066. I m Sterling the lll, and I m going to tell you a story of my great life, but very tough. It all starts out when I was a young boy running about our castle. My
THE GREAT GATSBY GUIDED QUESTIONS The following questions are a combination of comprehension/knowledge level questions and interpretive level questions. CHAPTER ONE 1. How does Nick describe himself at
Christopher Hudson www.umich.edu/~fknight Senior Integrative Project Thesis 2008 Strung Up is a 3D animation dark comedy in which a magic doll strives to elongate his short life. The piece is a short film,
35 Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door
203 P a g e Gender Politics in Caryl Churchill s Cloud Nine *Sanjoy Kr. Seal Gender is to be distinguished from essential conceptions of sexual IDENTITY or SUBJECTIVITY founded on a natural core of biological
Gift of the Magi By O Henry One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it in the smallest pieces of money - pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by negotiating with the
The Story of Ruby Bridges Our Ruby taught us all a lot. She became someone who helped change our country. She was part of history, just like generals and presidents are part of history. They re leaders,
Death of A Salesman By Arthur Miller 1) Setting Year: 1941 Place: New York City Today is the present, Daydreams from the past, and the requiem that takes place at Willy s funeral 2) Plot Summary The story
The Common Denominator of Success by Albert E.N. Gray The common denominator of success --- the secret of success of every man who has ever been successful --- lies in the fact that he formed the habit
58 Styslinger Mary and E. Overstreet Styslinger Strengthening and Jessica Argumentative F. Overstreet Writing Strengthening Argumentative Writing with Speaking and Listening (Socratic) Circles Middle school
One of the requirements for sobriety is the need for confession of personality defects, a moral inventory, and step four is designed to be just this. There is a lot of hype and fear surrounding this step
Co-Sensing I am whom we are. Co-Presencing Co-Creating Love is inviting other back to himself. Human value as life purpose. This process reflects the individual and collective experience of the group in
6 DAY DEVOTION GUIDE FOR FASTING & PRAYER WEEK There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who
SCHOOLS OF CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION: DRAWING TABLE OUT, STORYTELLING IN Jose Rivera-Chang, California State University Long Beach, USA Abstract How do you teach innovation? How do you teach creativity?
New Beginnings: Managing the Emotional Impact of Diabetes Module 1 ALEXIS (AW): Welcome to New Beginnings: Managing the Emotional Impact of Diabetes. MICHELLE (MOG): And I m Dr. Michelle Owens-Gary. AW:
1The Bastille, Paris There are ten mistakes in this account. Underline them and correct them. It was a cool autumn night in 1660. Aramis went to the Bastille prison and told the guard of the prison that