Title of Book:
Their Eyes Were Watching God
By Zora Neale Hurston
Summary of what is going on at this point in the novel
Reason for selecting this passage
Reactions, beliefs, opinions about this passage
Literary element: conflict
Figurative language: personification
Predictions or expectations
Passage: She crept on hands and knees to the piece of roofing and caught hold of it by either side. Immediately the wind lifted both of them and she saw herself sailing off the fill to the right, out and out over the lashing water. (page 165)
At this point in the novel, Janie and Tea Cake are caught in the midst of a hurricane in Florida. They are trying to hold onto the roofing which has collapsed from the small shanty in which they were seeking shelter.
I chose this passage because the imagery was descriptive and indicative of what was going to happen at the end of the story.
My reaction to this passage was that I wanted to know more about what was going to happen to both Janie and Tea Cake. I felt like I was in the storm. In addition, it made me connect to what happened to victims of Hurricane Katrina and how they must have felt throughout that entire ordeal.
The conflict in this passage is clearly man vs nature. Janie is trying to survive against the fury of the hurricane and rushing waters. The wind is so powerful that it lifted both Janie and Tea Cake and threw them apart from each other. She is trying to survive; however, she is also worried about Tea Cake who is close to her in this ordeal, yet unreachable.
Examples of personification in this passage are: wind lifted and lashing water. Both the wind and the water are given human qualities. Both qualities reflect strength and anger or wrath. Both wind and water are depicted as powerful, destructive forces that both Janie and Tea Cake cannot compete with.
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2. Compare what Cuba means for Pilar in the beginning of Dreaming in Cuban with what it comes to represent by the novels end.
Things that come to be expected can often be taken for granted. People who grow up in the United States come to expect certain freedoms because they have never been without those freedoms. Pilar in Dreaming in Cuban by Christina Garcia is no different. She was born in Cuba and was brought to United States when she was two years old. In the beginning of the novel Pilar dreams of being in Cuba, but by the end of the novel Pilar knows she belongs in NY. One night Pilar see’s her father with another women, she runs away to Miami to catch a flight to be in her beloved Cuba. Little does Pilar know her feelings about Cuba are about to change.
Growing up in NYC Pilar doesn’t feel like she’s American or Cuban. This could be the reason for Pillar’s controversial painting of the statue of liberty. Pilar is an artist, specializing in more abstract paintings. Pilar feels that art is the best way to express oneself and capture the idea of rebellion, and revolution. She feels like her mother Lourdes took her from Cuba against her will when she was to young to realize. Pilar has not been back to Cuba or seen her grandmother since. Pilar wants nothing more but to go back to Cuba. In the beginning of the novel Cuba...
...Throughout the years, Cuba is known to be a Communist country struggling to determine its own identity. Some Cubans have fought with the decision to stay in their native country or migrate to the United States. Others have decided to settle in Cuba and let their fate be determined by the gods. Santería, an African religion mixed with Catholic traditions, is practiced by many Cubans and allows followers to establish their destiny by the orishas, or African spirits. It also gives a sense of individuality to the characters in the novel, Dreaming in Cuban which incorporates several elements of the faith into the story. Overall, the Santería religion affects the Cuban people in many parts of their lives politically, artistically, musically, and in their relationships.
Santeria or "La Regla Lucumm" originated in the region of West Africa and was part of the traditional faith of the Yoruba inhabitants. It was brought to the Caribbean countries of Cuba, Haiti and Brazil, Trinidad, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic through the Yoruba people who were part of the slave trade. When they arrived at their Caribbean destinations, they reluctantly baptized within the Roman Catholic faith and were forced to leave behind their traditional beliefs and practices. However, they managed to come up with a way to merge their beliefs with the Roman Catholic Church by “…choosing a catholic saint and associating the saint...
...Each and every night our eyes grow heavy and our minds tire. We find ourselves dragging our feet to bed. Normally we drift off to sleep and enter a stage of dreaming. As we fall asleep, our brain prepares for dreaming. Dreaming makes night interesting. Some dreams go in and out of our mind for long, while we can recall others just a few seconds after. But what is the truth about them? Dreaming is a natural event our minds go through at night.
“On average, humans spend one third of their lives sleeping (Heijnen & Edgar, 2010)”. Sleeping is very important to all humans. We need sleep to function properly and achieve our fullest abilities. When we sleep we grow, and it is an opportunity for us to dream which has many benefits. Sleep is also a way for us to relieve ourselves of stress.
“About 90 minutes after falling asleep, the brain creates the fertile conditions for dreams to occur (The brain prepares for dreaming, 1997)”. “When we sleep, we go through five sleep stages (Obringer, 2005)”. These stages are known as the sleeping cycle. The first stage consists of light sleep and relaxation of the muscles. During the second stage, our breathing pattern and heart rate slow down and we experience a decrease in body temperature. Halfway through the cycle we enter a deep sleep. The brain starts to produce slow delta waves. “Delta is the slowest (zero to four cycles per second) and is...
When’s the last time you dreamed? In fact, the last time sleep occurred is the correct answer. Most people believe that they don’t dream, only because these individuals can’t recall dreaming as an event. In J. Allan Hobson’s book, Dreaming, it explores how dreaming is influenced and how it affects the individual, how dreaming is associated with REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and the importance of it, and also why sleep is so essential for human beings and other mammals to experience. Sleep is correlated with dreaming, making dreaming a phenomenon essential to living.
Dreaming is an interesting subject, and may also seem interesting while happening; though many don’t remember the events within them. What is dreaming, someone might ask? Dreaming is basically the brain’s activation throughout the sleep cycle. This was not discovered from looking at the content of the dream, like many of us look forward to, such as the images and scenarios our mind creates; but rather a more formalistic approach on the study of dreams. By using more scientific methods to analyze and define the dreaming state, research has improved drastically over several years, however, it failed to become an actual science. “My consciousness is as clear as a bell. In fact, I see--and feel--everything in this dream with a surreal intensity...”...
...the time of the Cuban missile crisis. The first to leave Cuba were supporters of Batista.
The second major migration started in 1965 and continued through 1973. Cuba and the United States agreed that Cubans with relatives residing in the United States would be transported from Cuba.
The third migration, known as the Mariel Boat Lift, occurred in 1980 after Castro permitted Cubans residing in the United States to visit relatives in Cuba. The sight of well-to-do Cuban Americans coupled with an economic downturn on the island prompted many to line up at the Peruvian Embassy, which Castro had opened for emigration.
Florida, and Miami specifically, are the center of the Cuban American community. By the late 1990s, Cuban Americans had become the third-largest minority Hispanic group in the United States.
Cuban people are very enthusiastic about their sports specially boxing, baseball, chess and soccer
Popular dances included the rumba and the son. Both dances widely considered underclass and uncivilized yet they only grew in popularity from the 1920’s on.
There food is a mix of these cultures with Native, Spanish, Latin American, British, African, and American. The typical Cuban meal consists of: plantains, black beans and rice, (the three staples of their cuisine) Cuban bread (a hard, thin, almost...
...Dreaming in Cuban: The Rebel
Pilar Puente spends the entire novel searching for some sort of identity in the patriarchal male society. She challenges this society through her art, which she thinks is the best way to communicate her ideas. Communicating through this seemingly different language allows her to cope with her struggle to connect to one of two worlds, Cuba and America. Pilar is caught by the punk rock scene which indicates she has a rebellious, independent, and anti-government mindset. Pilar Puente demonstrates the ideas through her biggest artwork of the book, “SL-76” (Garcia 141).
Pilar’s alteration of the statue is her way of “doing what [she] feels” (Garcia 141), however it is taken as a lack of respect from the Americans at the grand opening of the bakery. The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, peace, and everything else America stands for. It was initially given to America from France in the late 1800’s and shows a mutual friendship between the two nations. The Statue of Liberty was given to the United States because of the help and friendship they had given each other in previous wars, for example, the Revolutionary War. One of the biggest things with the Statue of liberty was that it was a patriarchal construction of a woman as a model for a nation, during a time of a dominant male society. There are different features on the Statue of Liberty that symbolize different things. The seven rays coming out of the crown...
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To: Mr. John Hernandez,
Re: Strategic Analysis of the Cuban Cigar Industry With the potential for significant political reform and absolution of the U.S trade embargo, it is critical to determine the probability and effects of these changes on the Cuban cigar industry. After reviewing these scenarios and two possible entrance strategies; creation of a joint venture and investment in an existing firm; it was determined that entering the Cuban...
Lucid dreaming is an issue that has been studied as far back as 1896. A Lucid dream is one in which the dreamer is aware that he/she is dreaming and is sometimes able to take control what is happening in the dream. Lucid dreams are actual phenomena that do occur in REM sleep. REM sleep is the portion of sleep when there are rapid eye movements. Dr. van Eeden was the first recorded person to study dreams in which the dreamer is aware they aredreaming. In 1896 he began recording his dreams. Over a period of one year he recorded 352 dreams, but only eight were lucid dreams. The actual definition of a lucid dream is a dream in which the dreamer mentally awakens in the dream and becomes aware that it is only a dream. This "awakening" is usually triggered by the dreamer noticing something in the dream that is far too unusual to be real. The actual term lucid dreaming was first used by the Dutch psychiatrist Fredrick van Olen in 1913. It simply means "clear dreaming."
Surveys and research have shown that 50 percent of all Americans have had at
least one lucid dream in their life that they could recall. When a dreamer becomes lucid there are physical changes on the outside of the body and brain patterns also change. There are usually pauses in breathing and changes in heart rate. The amount of brain activity is more heightened than that of a regular dream, but less than when waking. It has also been observed...