Janie and Pheoby

One of the questions from the NEA’s Big Read discussion questions for Their Eyes Were Watching God is:

 “Why does Janie choose to tell her story only to her best friend Pheoby? How does Pheoby respond at the end of Janie’s tale?”

Do you think Janie will tell her story to others as time goes on? Why or why not?

At the end of the book (p. 192) Pheoby says to Janie,

“Ah done growed ten feet higher from jus’ listenin’ tuh you, Janie. Ah ain’t satisfied wid mahself no mo’. Ah means tuh make Sam take me fishin’ wid him after this.”

Do you suspect that Pheoby will be successful in her efforts to make changes in her life, like insisting that Sam take her fishing for starters?

Related links of interest:

Complete list of NEA Big Read discussion questions for the book

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