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  1. Aug 2018
    1. He lunged for it; a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he had reached too far and had lost his balance.

      This is an example of the rising action, because the story starts to get tense and the readers start wondering what is going to happen to Rainsford.

    2. He lunged for it; a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he had reached too far and had lost his balance. The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea dosed over his head.He struggled up to the surface and tried to cry out, but the wash from the speeding yacht slapped him in the face and the salt water in his open mouth made him gag and strangle.

      This is an example of the rising action since it shows that Rainsford may be leaving the island and we don't know if he is going to come back.

    3. This is the rising action because it is something the main charater does that changes the stories pace and basically starts the plot of the whole story

    4. He leaped upon the rail and balanced himself there, to get greater elevation; his pipe, striking a rope, was knocked from his mouth. He lunged for it; a short, hoarse cry came from his lips as he realized he had reached too far and had lost his balance. The cry was pinched off short as the blood-warm waters of the Caribbean Sea dosed over his head.

      This is an example of rising action, the tone is tense and then when Rainsford falls in the reader can sense that something will be happening soon.

  2. Apr 2018
    1. That was the beginning of things.

      Continued rising action: we are far enough into the novel that there's no real chance of Janie encountering a more suitable romantic interest. Seems inconceivable we have reached the climactic scene.

    2. “Sometimes God gits familiar wid us womenfolks too and talks His inside business. He told me how surprised He was ’bout y’all turning out so smart after Him makin’ yuh differ-ent; and how surprised y’all is goin’ tuh be if you ever find out you don’t know half as much ’bout us as you think

      This speech emblematic of Janie finding her voice and using it.

    3. Janie stood where he left her for unmeasured time and thought. She stood there until something fell off the shelf inside her. Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered. But look-ing at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over. In a way she turned her back upon the image where it lay and looked further. She had no more blossomy openings dusting pollen over her man, neither any glistening young fruit where the petals used to be. She found that she had a host of thoughts she had never expressed to him, and numerous emotions she had never let Jody know about. Things packed up and put away in parts of her heart where he could never find them. She was saving up feelings for some man she had never seen.

      Wow! This is a fairly amazing bit of characterization info for Janie. It suggests that her first "marriage" had been one of convenience, a business transaction between her grandmother and Logan. Her second "marriage" to Joe--a man who stood in such contrast to Logan--was based on the romantic fantasies of a dreamy girl; she realizes here that she's unfulfilled INSIDE, which is what matters most to any human being.

    4. Times and scenes like that put Janie to thinking about the inside state of her marriage.

      From this paragraph until the end of the third one down (just prior to the paragraph that begins "Janie stood where he left her") is some intense rising action and the signal of a major turning point for Janie: all of her Pear Tree Dreams have been systematically wiped away.

    5. Joe returned to the store full of pleasure and good humor but he didn’t want Janie to notice it because he saw that she was sullen and he resented that. She had no right to be, the way he thought things out. She wasn’t even appreciative of his efforts and she had plenty cause to be. Here he was just pouring honor all over her; building a high chair for her to sit in and overlook the world and she here pouting over it! Not that he wanted anybody else, but just too many women would be glad to be in her place.

      Further characterization of Joe; namely, how little he understands Janie (and women, generally).

    6. A little war of defense for helpless things was going on inside her. People ought to have some regard for helpless things. She wanted to fight about it.

      Janie's power is increasing but is not full enough (nor has she yet been made to recognize it) to be wielded.

    7. “They oughta be shamed uh theyselves! Teasin’ dat poor brute beast lak they is! Done been worked tuh death; done had his disposition ruint wid mistreatment, and now they got tuh finish devilin’ ’im tuh death. Wisht Ah had mah way wid ’em all.”

      Foreshadows Janie's rebellion.

    8. She had come to hate the inside of that store any-way. That Post Office too. P

      Janie's discontent swells.

    9. He gits on her ever now and then when she make little mistakes round de store.”

      Here we get the indirect evidence of Janie's unhappiness at Jody's hands.

    10. But any man who walks in the way of power and property is bound to meet hate.

      NIce foreshadowing.

    11. There was something about Joe Starks that cowed the town. It was not because of physical fear. He was no fist fighter. His bulk was not even imposing as men go. Neither was it because he was more literate than the rest. Something else made men give way before him. He had a bow-down command in his face, and every step he took made the thing more tangible.

      This foreshadows (I think at this point) the climax of the novel: Janie will stand up to a power that no one else (read: men) will dare oppose.

    12. A feeling of coldness and fear took hold of her. She felt far away from things and lonely.

      Jody's remark that precedes this paragraph shows how regardless he is of Janie's needs, assuming as he does that all a woman wants is wealth and status.

    13. It must have been the way Joe spoke out without giving her a chance to say any-thing one way or another that took the bloom off of things. But anyway, she went down the road behind him that night feeling cold.

      Hurston seems intent on demonstrating how little the men in the narrative are prone to consider anyone's feelings but their own, which stands in stark contrast to what it is that Janie desperately needs.

    14. She’s uh woman and her place is in de home.”

      Any and all of the instances in which Janie is put down or neglected or objectified by Jody (or members of the Eatonville community), especially when her discomfort is revealed, is part of Rising Action. This passage also exemplifies the motif of Misogyny.

  3. Aug 2017
    1. He reaches the island, finds a house, and then learns the man there hunts and kills humans for sport.