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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Joe as a Slave Master

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How does the comparison of Joe to a slave master contribute to his characterization?

A

Because many of the people in town had been slaves themselves, it makes them fear and obey him, showing him to be a tyrannical character.

B

Because the setting of the novel is not too far removed from times of slavery, it reinforces the fact that he feels superior to everyone else in town.

C

Because many of the people in town had been slaves themselves, it shows that he is manipulating them based on sensitivities from their past.

D

Many of the townspeople had been slavemasters, so this shows how he feels a kinship with the rest of the town.

E

Because most of the people in the town had no connection to slavery, this shows a disconnect between Joe and everyone else.