Narration vs Dialect in TEWWG
Narration vs Dialect in TEWWG
: How does the use of dialect enhance our understanding of Janie's journey and way of life?
: The use of dialect enhances our understanding of Janie's journey and way of life by immersing the reader in the environment of the text and allowing the reader to experience Janie's journey as a close bystander of the action.
: The author of the article claims that through the dialogue, ¨We are brought deeper into the world of the novel: instead of being told a story, we are actually being shown a world.¨
: Starting with ¨Stop mixin'up mah doings wid mah looks, Jody.¨ and ending with ¨Great God from Zion!¨ on page 79, Hurston utilizes a lengthy segment of uninterrupted dialogue in order to immerse the reader in the heat of the argument between Janie and Jody. It sets the fast pace of the passage, as the main dialogue is not broken by any narration. Furthermore, the unbroken dialogue immerses the reader in the argument since the text does not contain any narration to influence any raw emotions felt from the argument.
: Based on the initial response from my group, I would like to agree and add onto another perspective to the purpose of Hurston's Dialect. While the language of the dialect subjects the reader to a reality similar to Janie's, I believe that the contrast that the reader can make with Janie's world and their own can be far more persuasive to understand her way of life. Understanding the Harlem Renaissance of the time to see the difference and similarities logically make sense to the reader for the actions of the characters of the novel.
: I agree that through the use of dialect we are able to actually live in the environment and can understand their ways of life but also we can contrast with our perspective with Janie's perspective but also we can see with the dialect it can be seen as confusing and often difficult at some points which parallels how this journey is going to be confusing and difficult for Janie and hopefully will be able to become her own person
How does Hurston's use of dialect affect the plot of the novel?
The non-Standard Written English dialect affects Hurston's message that she is trying to communicate. Human misconception to the themes and actions of the characters adds on unnecessary layers of interpretations which possibly cloud form the true plot of the novel.
:With Hurstons use of this deep southern dialect it does shows confusion and can hinder the plot because its difficult to follow. Also,the reader can see through this raw way of speaking is the characters raw emotion and this further drives the plot as well
"But Ah ain't goin' outa here and Ah ain't gointuh hush"(86)
This quote shows Janie's transformation of someone finding their own voice and not being hindered by her husbands voice anymore
Hurstonś use of dialect affects the plot by providing a clear and direct sense of time to the story. It further immerses the reader in each event and allows the reader to experience each scene in what seems like real-time.
From the experts of the article this author claims that dialect of the text prohibits the readers from understanding the dynamics of the characters and their role in affecting Janie's journey throughout the story. "Integrate the widely divergent styles into an aesthetic whole: the styles remain in tension but can speak to one another"
The unique attitudes of the character's dialect differentiate as the plot progresses to a conclusion. As seen in chapter 10 , Janie meets the next love of her life and "B'lieve Ah done cut uh hawg, so AH guess Ah better ketch air." (97)As this romantic tensions increases between the newly love birds and reignites Janie's heart. This complex dialect can be misinterpreted in the sense that the reader believe that Janie is repeating the past and this relationship could possibly end similar to the others.
Looking at the speech patterns, the dialogue between the subordinate characters own opinions and further develops them as characters within the novel. And also through these characters we can see them represent society as a whole and how this affects Janie
What do the speech patterns reveal about the characters' (other than Janie)? KA
:pg.111 "De men wuz talkin' bout it in de grove tuhday and givin her and Teacake both de devil, In this quote we can see how society plays a significant role in the text because it shows the contrast between Janie and society and how this affects Janie as a character
Hurston integrates speech patterns in order to develop character, as seen in ¨It´s uh l-l-lie! AH set out fuh dis town when Ah left West Floridy¨ (56). This quote illustrates Matt Bonnerś dialect and speech patterns as they correlate to his mood: when Matt Bonner is angry, he tends to stutter and feel indignant to those who make fun of his stuttering.
: From the article , Henry Louis Gates Jr. agrees with the speech patterns are "full of richness ....conversations because the characters speak for themselves". Representing the independent society that these supporting characters have towards Janie. Influencing her own independence, and following her journey to be apart of this society, mirroring their dialect.
Where in the second paragraph we see Janie observing the porch conversation , "Janie is attracted to all these conversation
What is the significance of the narrator's eloquence as opposed to the characters' speech?
The significance of the eloquent narration is to gain the respect of the audience because if the feeling given off by the mannerisms of the test could drive the reader to not respect the narrator as much and doubt the credibilty of the narrator.
Response to 4th question
:I agree that with the use of the eloquent narration that it allows the reader to gain more respect for the narrator but I don't think the significance is doubt but more to show that language represents Janie's discovery to find herself as a character and with the back and forth of the dialect and narrator writing shows the back and forth of Janie trying to find herself
"The divided style of narration, however , suggests that the quest is complicated and lacks a singular resolution"
The significance of the narratorś eloquence as opposed to the characters'speech is to provide a greater purpose to oneś lifetime dream. The eloquence articulates the importance of Janieś dream in a way that the dialogue cannot; the dialogue presents raw, surface-level thoughts and actions, while the narration provides a deep meaning behind the characters' actions.
: I would like to disagree with the initial response, respectfully. I believe that the polar opposite language of the two different styles of dialect and narration brings the reader to be intrigue by the language of the narration while being in the world of the characters with their dialect .