Topic 14: Shattering stereotypes
After years of polite submission to her male counterparts, Janie gains her voice in Chapters 7 and 8. Prior to her defiance of Joe, Janie observes the way Daisy, Mrs. Bogle and Mrs. Robbins are treated by the men. These three Eatonville women provide caricatures – quick, stereotyped sketches – of what it means to be a black woman in this small Florida town. In what ways do these caricatures highlight a larger disrespect toward women? Have you found any articles in the St. Petersburg Times that highlight or represent a stereotype, discrimination or prejudice? Share the article and your views here.