Admit it. There are people in your life that are born leaders. Wherever they go, they command a crowd and whenever the speak, the masses listen. You may not agree witht their tactics - intimidation, manipulation, bribery, arrogance - but you cannot argue they fact that they lead and others follow. And then there are those that lead by example, never demanding to be heard and always in the background. They, too, lead and others follow. Whichever style of leadership, it is effective one way or another. During our reading of Hurston's novel, we had a great discussion today about both leadership styles.
This is one of my favorite parts of the novel. Janie, the protagonist, finally realizes how domineering her husband is and she finally speaks up for herself. It is quite a turning point because it starts her down the road to discovering her true self. I know, that sounds like something right from Sparknotes.com but it's true. And I can't wait for my students to read on and discover where she ends up next.