Body 2: The Porch

After Janie runs off with Jody, she receives judgment greatly from the porch. The start of the story begins with the people on the porch gossiping about Janie as she walks back to home. They mock her with phrases such as “What she doin coming back here in dem overhalls? Can’t she find no dress to put on?”(2) or “‘She ain’t even worth talkin’ after,’ [...] ‘She sits high, but she looks low. Dat’s what Ah say ‘bout dese ole women runnin’ after young boys’”(3). They judge everything that passes by and completely chew up everything that they judge. Unfortunately Janie lands in the eyes of these vicious judgers and they try to nitpick at every aspect of Janie’s life just the make her feel miserable. She’s badly dress. Wasn’t she respectable before? She holds herself too high. Aren’t women of this status not supposed to chase after young boys? What did Janie think she could do? Anything she wanted? The people on the porch try to torture Janie, with nothing else to do in their lives as Janie said, “Dem meatskins is got tuh rattle tuh make out they’s alive” (192).

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