Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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The Sun

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

A symbol of rebirth. Throughout the novel, Hurston keeps pointing out the position of the sun and in the end Janie eventually comes to associate Tea Cake with it. The sun demonstrates, simply by rising day after day, that life goes on – no matter how tragic yesterday was. For Janie, Tea Cake’s memory will be as enduring as the sun.

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