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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Janie has had a few bad boyfriends., but finally finds solace in a young man named Teacake. Their relationship teaches her about the importance of freedom and allows her to blossom into an independent woman. Looking for a companion text? Read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. This text plays out the tragic consequences of what happens when Pecola Breedlove internalizes all of the negative feelings other people have about her.

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