Chapter 2Voice 1: Janie’s grandmother was born during slavery. Black people, and especially women, could not voice their opinions. Nanny always wanted to make a great speech, but no one would listen. She wants Janie to be able to speak and have people listen. |“And, Janie, maybe it wasn’t much, but Ah done de best Ah kin for you. Ah raked and scraped and bought dis lil piece uh land so you wouldn’t have to stay in de white folks’ yard and tuck yo’ head befo’ other chillum at school. ” Pg. 9| Chapter 5Voice 2: The town of Eatonville asks Janie to make a speech, after Joe has just been elected mayor, but Joe cuts in and says that she doesn’t know anything about making speeches. He does not give her the chance to speak. |“Janie made her face laugh after a short pause, but it wasn’t too easy.
She had never thought of making a speech, and didn’t know if she cared to make one at all. It must have been the way Joe spoke out without giving her a chance to say anything one way or another that took the bloom off things. ” Pg. 3| Chapter 6Voice 3: Joe does not allow Janie to talk with the people of the town about Matt Bonner’s mule. Sometimes, Janie had good stories to tell, but Joe forbids it because he doesn’t want her associating with trashy people. |“Janie loved the conversations and sometimes she thought up good stories on the mule, but Joe had forbidden her to indulge. He didn’t want her talking after such trashy people. ” Pg. 53-54| Chapter 6Voice 4: Joe frequently insults Janie. She learns to keep her mouth shut and doesn’t fight back. |“why don’t you go on and see whut Mrs. Bogle want?
Whut you waitin’ on? ”Janie wanted to hear the rest of the play-acting and how it ended, but she got up sullenly and went inside. Whe came back to the porch with her vristles sticking out all over her and with dissatisfaction written all over her face. Pg. 70| Chapter 7Voice 5: As her marriage to Joe worsens, Janie speaks less and less. |The years took all the fight out of Janie’s face. For a while she thought it was gone from her soul. No matter what Jody said, she said nothing. Pg. 76| Chapter 11Voice 6: Tea Cake and Janie argue over whether or not he really wants to take her to the picnic.
He tells her to have the nerve to say what she means. As opposed to Joe Starks, Tea Cake wants Janie to speak her mind. |“Tea Cake, you sure you want me tuh go tuh dis picnic wid yuh? ”“Me scramble ‘round tuh git de money tu take yuh-been working’ lak ug dawg for two whole weeks-and she come astin’ me if ah want her tuh go! ” pg. 109| Chapter 14Voice 7: In the Everglades, Janie reflects on life in Eatonville. She realizes that in the Everglades, she feels like she can contribute to the stories people tell. She has a voice there. “The crowd of people around her and a dice game on her floor!
She was sorry for her friends back there and scornful of the others. The men held big arguments here like they used to do on the store porch. Only here, she could listen and laugh and even talk some herself if she wanted to. Pg. 134| Chapter 20Voice 8: The fact that Janie tells this entire story to Pheoby suggests that she has gained a voice throughout the progression of the book and her life as well. |There was a finished silence after that so that for the first time they could hear the wind picking at the pine trees. Pg. 192|