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  • 1. CONFLICTJasmine LopezAstrid RodriguezNancy MartinezAlyson LariosPeriod 1

2. Conflict The struggle within the plot between opposing forces-the issue to be resolved in a story. The protagonist engages in the conflict with theantagonist, which may take the form of a character,society, nature, or an aspect of the protagonistspersonality. Conflict may be external, a struggle against someoutside force, another character, society as a whole, orsome natural force; or internal, a conflict betweenforces or emotions within one character. 3. Chapter 7 Quote: "Taint no use in getting all mad, Janie, cause Ah mentionyou aint no young gal no more. Nobody in heah aint lookin for nowife outa yuh. Old as you is." (pg. 79) Commentary: In chapter 7 the main conflict was the argumentbetween Joe and Janie and the way Joe would always put herdown because of her age. 4. Chapter 8 Quote: " All dis tearin down talk! Jody whispered with sweatglobules forming all over his face and arms. "git outa heah! Commentary: The main conflict in chapter 8 was that Joe, Janiehusband was about to pass away and she was thinking back inhow her and her husband had a bad relationship toward the endand she actually didnt feel any pity until he died. 5. Chapter 9 Quote: "You want to be Keerful bout who you marry, Mis Starks.Dese strange men runnin heah trying tuh take advantage of yocondition." Commentary: Chapter 9 conflict is that Janie finally is anindependent and wealthy women and most men in town want tomarry her for that reason. Most men just want to be with herbecause of all the property and money she has. 6. Chapter 10 Quote: "Maybe this strange man was up to something! But it wasno place to show her fear there in the darkness between the houseand the store." Commentary: The conflict of chapter 10 was that Janie meet thisman and was attractive to him but didnt really trust him and didntknow what to expect from him and she was kind of scared of himbut she knew she couldnt show him that side of her. 7. Chapter 11Quote: "Nom. And nobody wouldnt marry Tea Cake tuh starve tuh death lessen its somebody jes lak him- aint used to nothin. Sourse he always keep hisself in changin clothes. Dat long-legged Tea Cake aint got doodly squat. He aint got no business makin hisself familiar wid nobody lak you..."-Hezekiah Commentary: The main conflict in this chapter is money. Tea Cakeis new to town and shows interest in Janie. He doesnt have thekind of money Jody had. When Janie starts to show interest in TeaCake, the town people start to worry about her. Janie doesnt wantthe town people to know so she keeps it a secret. 8. Chapter 12 Quote: "Ah done lived Grandmas way, now Ah meanstuh live mine."-Janie Commentary: The main problem in this chapter is theperception that money will make you happy. All Nannywanted for Janie was the "better" life but it didnt suitJanie. When she was young she had a dream thatmarriage should be based on love and that moneyshouldnt be a priority. Nannys idea on marriage causeJanie to be unhappy for most of her life so the way themain character here faces this problem is simply by 9. Chapter 13 Quote: "That was whens he found out her two hundreddollars was gone." Commentary: Janie had been warned that Tea Cakewas only after her money. When she woke up onemorning with her money missing. She didnt want tothink the worst and feared the town people were right.She started to think of Mrs. Taylor and how her situationturned out. Janies problem in this story was Tea Cake.He left with her money and didnt come back for a longtime. 10. Chapter 14 Quote: "Tea Cake, youse uh mess! Cant do thout medat lil time." -Janie Commentary: I this chapter, Tea Cake and Janie areliving in the Everglades. Tea Cake has a job but starts toleave work to visit Janie. He couldnt stand being awayfrom her for a long time. This was the biggest issue theyhad in the chapter. Janie decides to fix this problem buygoing out to work with Tea Cake. 11. Connection"Explanation of how this literary element connects to thetheme of the story." The main conflict in this novel is Janies struggle to form her identity butfinds it hard because she is constantly being molded to someone theauthoritative people in her life demand out of her thereby giving up herdesires and aspirations in order to confirm to other peoples notion of howthey think she ought to be. This is especially evident when Jody silences herin front of the town people. Later on though she gains the courage to defendherself and talk back to the cruel teasing Jody finally owning up to true selfidentity. Themes are usually conveyed through characters and the conflicts theyencounter/overcome so in order to understand the theme, the reader mustalso analyze the experiences the character had.


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