Springtime Symbolism

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Both How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Foster and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston explore the idea that the season of spring is utilized in literature as a symbol for rebirth and renewal. Foster refers to the Christian story of Easter to reinforce his point, pointing out that “ the crucifixion and resurrection come very near the spring equinox, the death of winter and beginning of renewed life” (Foster 191). The fact that the renewal of life occurs just as spring approaches reveals how the springtime correlates with new beginnings. Springtime symbolism is further expressed in Their Eyes Were Watching God as Janie destroys her old life in order to discover a new one where she can find peace. Janie decides to abandon