Reading and Writing the Autobiography With a Study of Zora Neale Hurston
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Lesson 2 Writing Activity
In Hurston’s novel, her father and the store owner Joe Clark (from autobiography) have become Janie’s second husband—Jody Starks. Starks is an individual who would not let Janie participate with the common folk and the exciting life of the town. Joe makes Janie bind up her hair and stay away from the conversations on the porch. For Janie, this is a confining experience—something which causes her to keep her feelings hidden from others and to change in her feelings about her husband. She no longer loves him.
Write about a significant being in your life and how this person’s structure and dictates of rules and thoughts about you have affected you. You can do this positively and negatively.