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Characters

Pheoby Watson

Character Analysis

Pheoby Watson is Janie’s best friend and confidante. The entire book is actually the narration of Janie’s life story, as told to Pheoby. Janie values Pheoby for her open ear and nonjudgmental attitude. She is exactly the conduit Janie needs to vent her feelings about Joe Starks, marriage, and Tea Cake. Pheoby, unlike much of Eatonville, defends Janie’s actions and takes a very modern standpoint – that Janie is her own woman and has a good reason behind all her actions. As a friend, Pheoby’s faith is inspiring and probably influences us as readers to see Janie in a positive light. However, Pheoby’s most important function is as a mirror to us. We go along with her on the journey of Janie’s life, as listeners. This type of character – one who listens as the protagonist tells a story – is sometimes called a narratee.

Pheoby Watson Timeline
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