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Janie rises from survivor to striver in Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie is a  character whose archetype changes dynamically over the course of the book. At the beginning of the book, she is the archetypal survivor. This can be seen in paragraph 5 of part three, where the author writes: “She hated her grandmother and had hidden it from herself all these years under a cloak of pity. She had been […]

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Taking control

Janie is a  character her archetype changes dynamics over the course of the book. At the beginning of the book she is the archetypal survivor. This can be seen on paragraph 5 of part three, where the author writes: “She hated her grandmother and had hidden it from herself all these years under a cloak of pity. She had been getting […]

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Statement

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.He just tried to kill her and she’s thanking him Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.He’s extremely jealous and this cause him to hurt her even if she doesn’t do anything Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion/question

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I think there’s something wrong with her or I don’t know because her husband just hit her and she’s okay with it ? Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Where is the police? , almost everyone in this town is beating Their wives Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.How is beating her showing them who’s boss ? She didn’t even do anything , and why would you force someone to be with you Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.He likes being praised as a abuser , just because everyone else does it doesn’t mean it’s okay Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I thought jania learned from her past relationships and was on a journey of self love/worth but it seems like I was wrong Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.So much for him being different, he’s just like the rest of them Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Finding Herself

Now that I’ve read over half of  “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neal Hurston.  I appreciate this book because it gives me a deeper insight on how life was back then for an African American woman. It makes me think on how some of these women may still be facing those same struggles in this day and age.  […]

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Wonder

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Why would she say something like that , why would she disrespect her own race and feel as though she’s above them and what they went through was something they deserved Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I think he’s crazy and he needs some medical attention for those cuts Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.This is why you shouldn’t gamble , it comes with a lot of danger because people can’t handle losing to others so they harm them like this Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.That’s so rude , he didn’t have to pay those women to stay outside because he found them ugly Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I feel like he could’ve told her what he was planning on doing with her money instead of just taking it and leaving Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Things I’m wondering

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Maybe he took the money to buy the fish with or maybe he’s mad she brought money with her Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Wow she was used for her money and left alone to go back home looking a mess Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Statement

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.She seems to have really taken an interest in tea cake Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.It’s good that she’s trying to look out for her just in case it doesn’t go as jania wants it to go Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Standing Her Ground

Further into “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” Janie and Joe moved to a town made for people of color. (See my comments on the second of five sections of the novel.) In this town, they see that there isn’t much progress taking place so Joe takes it upon himself to buy more land in order to expand and make more […]

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I think they mostly just expect her to marry for money and not for love so I’m happy she picked love over money Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.He seems really nice and he doesn’t belittle women Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Good thing he’s nothing like joe Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.It’s definitely important for women to know that they don’t need a man and they shouldn’t raise their daughters to believe they do Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I can see why she didn’t like her grandmother since her grandmother made her marry a old man at a young age and slapped her when she said she didn’t want to do that Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Womanhood

In the book “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” I see it takes place back in the olden days, following the lives of African Americans after slavery. We’re following their lives through the life of a young woman named Janie and how she was brought up during these times not only as an African American but as a woman. Through her […]

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.How horrible of him to put his hands on her why doesn’t he just cook his own food Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.If all he does is disrespect women why doesn’t he just marry a man instead Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Just because he built honor or whatever doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a right to be upset all he wants her to do is to stay in the house and work why can’t she go have fun too Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Statement

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.The men definitely shouldn’t be touching Janie without her permission so I am kinda happy that she has her hair up so there wouldn’t be anymore of that but I feel like she shouldn’t have to change her appearance because of these nasty men Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Question

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.What does he mean by using her privileges, like being the mayors wife ? Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.He needs to stop bossing her around and help her out Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I’m happy about the things he has done but I don’t like his statement, making it seem as though she’s below him and she should just do house work Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I think this is true in some sense since a lot of people can have the crabs in a bucket mentality like trying to keep each other done in order to get up or not have the feeling of someone being better then them Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I do think it’s more important to be a big voice and start getting things to progress but that doesn’t mean you should neglect your loved ones Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I love that they got straight to work and things are starting to progress and look better for this town Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I don’t understand why he isn’t ready to see that , you should want the best for your people , you shouldn’t Settle for less Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I don’t understand why he isn’t ready to see that , you should want the best for your people , you shouldn’t Settle for less Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Just cause a group of people don’t want you to do something or want you to fail , doesn’t mean you should or feel as though you should give up Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Statement

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.Her words really got to him and hurt him so much , I still believe she shouldn’t be with someone she doesn’t love though Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.She doesn’t find him attractive Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.She can’t force her to love someone she doesn’t love Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.She didn’t have to hit her , she has every right to decline marrying a stranger Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Opinion

Follow this link to see this comment in the original context.I think it’s wrong that her grandma is trying to marry her off to an older man that’s been asking for her , its uncomfortable to think that she’s willing to hurriedly hand her over just cause she’s of age now Print this page. Authors Brendaly

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Wow those women sound like they have no life if all they do is sit around minding someone else’s business

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A lot of them seem to be bitter and anger when the lady doesn’t speak/acknowledge them so they talk down on her

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A lot of people seem to be intrigued by her

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A Time When Being Anything But White Wasn’t Right

The theme in the first two parts of “Born a Crime “ might remind a reader of the beauty standards that many communities possess. That is how having lighter skin or lighter eyes makes you beautiful while having dark eyes and darker skin makes you less attractive or tainted. They make you feel ashamed for not having white features and […]

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Awww that’s so sweet

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it must be so horrible to hear news like that it’s always been him and her , through so much pain and he’s actually crying now , not because of a beating but because of the well being of his mom

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She was always able to up and leave why couldn’t she do that now , god doesn’t help people who purposely allow situations like these to go on just because they think it’s a challenge from god

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I wish his mom would’ve left , I understand you want to give it a try and pray for him but once he starts abusing your child that’s when you should’ve called it quits or left before he got the chance to hit him

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I can’t believe they don’t want to write up domestic abuse

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Being angry isn’t an excuse to put your hands on someone

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Oh so she did do it , I like how she mocked it

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I’m happy she refused , she isn’t a maid/servant and she won’t act like she is just because she’s around his family

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I don’t like the tradition of having a women/girl do all the house work , I feel as though they should have the choice to pursue a career too

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That’s scary that these names match up so well with someone’s characteristics even tho their given at birth and the babies show no sign of these personalities yet

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Wow I understand now why their so hard on their kids , they fear that when the world gets a hold of them there will be no second chance

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They’ve all heard horrible things about the people in jail/prison that when they entered the cell they immediately put on an act as a way of defense , without realizing they were all in there for minor acts and are all putting on the same act for eachothe

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I understand that they do this for their own good but it seems like their treating them just like the people who discriminate against them do , it’s like they get no second chance or they aren’t allowed to grow up and make mistakes and learn from them

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I agree that the environment your surrounded by can affect who you are and how you view life and what you do with yours

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If you get nervous easily and you become fearful easily why become a cop why become a cop when your clearly not suited for the job

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Just for a noise complaint they bust in dressed and equipped with heavy weapons as if their going to war

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They must be very worried about their daughter’s safety and I understand why they keep them inside , with poverty comes crime and like he said crime doesn’t discriminate and those girls could get hurt

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I’ve never thought of crime like that , only thought of why there committed , no job acceptances, not enough food for the family so you do what you got to do so your family can live

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Isn’t this what happened in America , they tell you to get a job but they don’t like the way you speak or who you are “your race” or the texture of your hair , they don’t employ them but insist on them getting a job

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I think it’s nice that they embraced where they grew up and it’s nice to see a lot of African American influence around the world

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yes , give them the opportunities and resources in order for them to succeed

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You can’t tell a group of people who were denied the opportunity ,to just progress when you’ve always had it easy they didn’t have the resources you’ve had

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I love how small things , like a fast food opening up , made everyone so happy

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Bongani had a lot of great ideas that lead to more money

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He has A lot of patience and it’s good that he learned a few tricks about the business industry at a young age

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They definitely need to take examples from Germany and go into it deeper

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It finally worked out for him this time

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I love how she isn’t homophobic and would fully support him

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His life is filled with so many fun and hilarious memories like he really had a blast

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Sounds like some kind of action movie

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Ooo noo , not again

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He seems like such a sweet kid

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I think that Having someone that looks like you is important, so you don’t feel like the only one , like you don’t belong

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I think it’s nice that she is teaching him about the importance of respecting women even if he doesn’t really understand at such a young age

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I feel like someone shouldn’t be ridiculed for embracing their other half, what’s important about this problem is that someone shouldn’t feel shame or be degraded for embracing who they, but these kids were taught that who they are was lesser then

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I do feel like there aren’t many opportunities in the Ghetto and it’s not a shock that most poc live in the ghetto since it’s in rooted in racism , and America has done a lot of things in order to keep certain races from progressing

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I think success in this case means like “the whiter you are the more likely Opportunities will be opened to you “ and with access to opportunities comes success but because of the Denied opportunities the black race got , they aren’t able to progress

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So he got hate for embracing his blackness

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So the color of your skin played a role in success

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You’d have to give up who you truly are , leave behind your loved ones , just so you can become someone that your not , so you can succeed

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Wow , they only see success and hope in people if there’s white in them and then talk them into to “making the bloodline pure “ cause then and only then will they feel as though they will succeed and achieve great things

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When your among your own people acting like the outsiders they mistreat you , but if your an outsider acting like their insiders they celebrate you

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I didn’t realize how excluded people who have no trace of their cultural backgrounds could feel

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She’s done more then enough, she showed him the world and told him he could do it , even if by law he couldn’t, she never told him he couldn’t achieve , she never limited him to the ghetto

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Even though she didn’t have anyone to tell or teach her that she has no limitations , she taught herself that , she taught herself that a free mind can achieve their goal no matter if others try to keep you from succeeding

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Even though they didn’t have much money , they did a lot on their free time, it goes to show that sometimes you don’t need a lot of money to have fun

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They seem to be very grateful for everything they have no matter the condition it’s in

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His mother is very intelligent and what she went through made her wise , her wisdom came from her struggles

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To let the past build and develop you into a better person instead of allowing your past to break you down

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I think it’s very inspirational that even if she had nothing she was never afraid to make nothing into something, even if she had to sleep in a bathroom or eat dirt

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Knowing that she did it on her own , worked hard on her own , made the food taste better cause no matter what she always pushed forward and that is a big step from having to eat or drink dirt with water

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She adored her father just for him not to return the adoration

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No matter how many times she degraded and undermined the black kids he still choosed to be with them

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It seems as though picking a side or not being enough of either side , is a problem for a lot of biracial kids

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Because of laws and acts that were meant to keep poc from succeeding, like the lack of opportunity

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It’s good to hear that things were finally moving on from apartheid

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So something that really matters is the language you speak cause that expresses if your either a friend or enemy

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so ignorant and racist

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I think it’s funny how they called a 5 yr old child a white man

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It seems he was very closed off to reality, he didn’t understand what was happening even though it was happening around him and with him

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Wow the government made them develop so much hate towards eachother and tried to make them different in some way so they’ll feel as though they are

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I like that , to transform and better it

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I like how they portray women as very strong

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Must have been really lonely

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Danny doesn’t want tigo to die

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He feels relief that he didn’t die

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Teenagers feel emotions more strongly then adults do

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Simple things are able to bring joy to a teen then it can to an adult

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It’s okay to have unpleasant emotions

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Be careful of who you surround yourself with

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Looking for easy ways to escape the issue can create this problem

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Question ourselves so we’ll know ourselves better

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It’s good to know them so you’ll know how to bring yourself joy in times you need if

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Danny rushes the process

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Danny seems out of breath

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Tigo seems more calm then Danny

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Danny looks like he’s about to cry

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They keep a conversation going

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Tigo seems more nervous now

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They were planing on becoming friends but Danny wasn’t so lucky the next time around

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She’s worried about stars image

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Star and Kenya seem to be the opposite of eachother, Kenya is more outgoing/easy going while star likes to keep to her self

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It’ seems like Kenya is not a good influence on star since she likes to get herself into trouble a lot and then she ends up dragging star into it

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She’s left with all this emotional shock and trauma

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He seems to have a hard living condition with bad influence in his life which lead him to bad decisions

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He didn’t want Danny to die he wanted to build a friendship with him

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The thought of watching her friends dead body bleed out makes her nauseous

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Her mom is trying her best to comfort her and stay by her side in these dark times

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This isn’t her first time witnessing a friends death

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He wasn’t sure if he should say anything cause he didn’t want her thinking back to it

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She does what she can to speak out against injustice

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She’s afraid on what will happen when she speaks out

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She doesn’t want people to treat her different

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He doesn’t want Starr facing discrimination

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Carlos seems to be trying to pressure them into getting Starr to talk to a cop

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Her dad gives her advice on how to handle herself around the cops

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The environment he grew up in influenced his bad actions

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She tries her best not to fit into racist stereo types

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Starr feels as though khalil mom never played the role of a mother for him ,she wasn’t there when he needed her

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Her mom is going to be there for support so Starr doesn’t have another panic attack

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She has a fear of falling into those negative stereotypes because they might cost her , her life around officers or nasty looks around people who don’t look like her

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She takes note of her dads advice and uses it in this moment

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It seems like the officer is trying to incriminate Khalil which is causing Starr to get defensive

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She was trying to use Starrs emotions to get the best of her and dig deeper into what happened to see if there’s a way to justify what the cop did yo Khalil

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They know that no matter what they say the officer’s intentions are clear they aren’t looking to give him justice their looking to justify his murder

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They add in incriminating things like these to lower his importance to in a way say he kinda deserved it

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She used a stereotype on Starr

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Their protesting for Khalil they want justice for him

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Their so mad that their hurting people who didn’t have anything to do with it

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It hurts more when it comes out of other peoples mouth

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once again they let the officers who commit a crime off the hook

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She feels as though she could’ve done more to get justice for Khalil

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This Situation brought back old memories and she’s back to having nightmares about them

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Lack of opportunities lead to people making not so great decisions

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Because the system is designed against them it’s hard for them to live a good life

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The people aren’t what have to change , the system that puts them in these positions that keeps their options limited is what has to change

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She doesn’t want to risk her kids life just to prove she’s loyal to her community when she already knows she is

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Their just protesting to get a day off from school they don’t actually care about the situation

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Their just protesting to get a day off from school they don’t actually care about the situation

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An abuse of power

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An abuse of power

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He’s angry because he couldn’t do anything about it

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He’s angry because he couldn’t do anything about it

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She’s trying to encourage her to not give up

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She’s trying to encourage her to not give up

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She doesn’t want to speak out anymore because she’s scared of her family getting hurt

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She doesn’t want to speak out anymore because she’s scared of her family getting hurt

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She feels like Starr is turning her back to the situation

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She feels like Starr is turning her back to the situation

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Because of the living conditions he was in

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Because of the living conditions he was in

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He wants Khalils name cleared he doesn’t want him being known as gangbanger

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He wants Khalils name cleared he doesn’t want him being known as gangbanger

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It seems like a lot of them join because they want to help out their families and keep a roof over their heads

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It seems like a lot of them join because they want to help out their families and keep a roof over their heads

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Hailey has repeatedly said racist things to them

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Hailey has repeatedly said racist things to them

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They shouldn’t have let her get away with saying those things

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It’s okay for her to express herself and to let it all out

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Starr would do things and put her feelings aside in order to please hailey

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They just want publicity

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This is a new experience for her

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She’s willing to stand up for Khalil and clear his name even if it meant snitching on someone dangerous, someone who shouldn’t even be roaming the streets

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Even though not all cops are bad there are some that are and that’s dangerous in a line of work where they are able to take someone’s life and get away with it

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She’’d ask this because now she’s letting the truth out and this could hurt his reputation and cost him his job

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Their able to relate more to each other because they go through similar situations of discrimination

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Moving to a safer place to keep his family Protected because they are what’s most important

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They don’t want him giving up a chance at a more better and successful life just because his mom makes bad decisions and can’t keep her own family safe

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They don’t want him giving up a chance at a more better and successful life just because his mom makes bad decisions and can’t keep her own family safe

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They do fun things as a family and are competitive

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They do fun things as a family and are competitive

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He wants her to take this opportunity to speak up

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He wants her to take this opportunity to speak up

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Feeling Fear doesn’t make you weak when your still planning on doing what’s right

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Feeling Fear doesn’t make you weak when your still planning on doing what’s right

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She’s has no respect

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She’s has no respect

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She deserves that for all the awful things she did

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She deserves that for all the awful things she did

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Even though it’s not him commiting these acts of injustice and discrimination he feels guilty because it’s his race doing it

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Even though it’s not him commiting these acts of injustice and discrimination he feels guilty because it’s his race doing it

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I think the king lords might have gotten to him

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I think the king lords might have gotten to him

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The teenagers want to be addressed with the same respect their parents are given

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The teenagers want to be addressed with the same respect their parents are given

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He realizes that his mother was trying to protect them

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Once again justice is not served , they attached his name to the words thug and Gang banger so people wouldn’t care

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The injustice is the hate they gave her , she’s mad because it always happens ,no matter how hard they fight no matter what they say it always ends the same

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She no longer cares about the consequences a riot can lead to , because she did everything the right way , but because they are black , nothing came out of if

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She’s mad at what they put her and her family through it isn’t about the ones who do their job but the ones who don’t and get to keep their jobs

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It’s good that he is going to snitch on king because it will benefit the whole town

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They grew up in that store so it hurts them to see it in this condition

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No matter how many times their activism might not come across , there’s no reason to give up , to try and fight to make a change even if it takes years for the change to take place

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It seems like his life revolved around Jesus

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Wow I wasn’t expecting that last part , where he explains how his step father caused them so much pain and killed their mom

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Wow she’s very strong

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Must have hurt to run with sore legs

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I agree I think they should’ve stayed home , it’s okay to take some days off and rest , but she is very stubborn

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That’s terrible

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Wow he was a big baby

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I think it’s funny how he chased his father around the park

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Injustice

These are some of my thoughts on the first part of “The Hate U Give.” You can see all of my comments on this part of the novel on NowComment. Paragraph 182 of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas might leave a reader feeling upset because the character Khalil was just shot and killed for no good reason. Here’s the description: […]

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Regrets

These are some of my thoughts about a short story, “On the Sidewalk Bleeding,” by Evan Hunter. You can see all of my comments on the story on NowComment. Andy, the protagonist in “On the Sidewalk Bleeding,” has a few traits that influence his relationships with others. One, he is stupid. Two, he is foolish. Three, he is scared. These […]

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Ending a Rivalry

In paragraphs 142, 145 and 148 of “The Last Spin” by Evan Hunter may leave a reader feeling upset because it’s about two young men from rival gangs that are settling an issue by playing Russian roulette. Even though this is the case, they want to ditch the game and build a friendship with each other, but sadly it doesn’t end […]

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