Their eyes were watching god by Zora Neale Hurston, is a novel about a fair-skinned woman, Janie Crawford, who “refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dream” (Front flap of book). Janie Crawford wants to be free, she wants to be independent, but the men she marries often kill her dreams. Janie’s grandma convinced her to marry an old man just because he had a huge amount of acres to farm. Janie was tired of the life next to her old husband and escaped with Jody, a good-looking young man who marries her. Her life with Jody, was good, she had everything a girl can dream of, shoes, cloth, a house, and a business. What she didn’t have was equal rights with her husband, and here comes my least favorite part of the novel. My least favorite part of the novel is when Jody is giving his speech as a Mayor and someone in the public suggests that Mrs. Mayor Starks should say a few words, when Jody cuts Janie’s excitement by saying, “ Thank you fuh yo’ compliments but mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech-making’. Ah never married her for nothin’ lak dat. She’s a woman and her place is in de home” (pg43). After Jody’s word Janie started building up some kind of resentment, she wanted to have the chance to choose whether she wanted to talk or not. Janie had no freedom and had to do everything her man said. Deep inside her heart, she was building a great sense of freedom that might soon come out of its shell. My favorite part of the novel is when Jody…
a. learning at a high level :
b. Creativity: she is creative because of the way she thinks (pear tree quote)
c. independence: she was independent minded she didn’t want to be told what to do she didn’t like the barriers that were set for her by society.. when she left logan for Jody is and example.... in her time period she wasn’t financially independent she was young everything was decided for her she was a black woman that was poor she didn’t have any mean of being independent…
Their Eyes Were Watching God Literary Analysis
While reading Zora Neale Hurston’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God, I was able to identify
her use of literary devices to make points and draw the reader’s attention. Hurston used devices
such as foreshadowing, sensory, imagery, allegory, irony, symbolism, point of view, and
Hurston used foreshadowing in Chapter 2 when Janie and Nanny were chatting about
Janie kissing Johnny Taylor. Nanny raise…
English III GT
Her Eyes Were Watching God
According to a study done by Paul R. Amato, African Americans report lower levels of relationship quality. African American couples are also more likely to end their marriages in divorce. In Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, all of Janie’s relationships fail due to her need to be presiding.
In Janie’s first marriage, the relationship led to failure because Janie had a lack of love for Logan and because Logan did not…
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie’s journey towards spiritual enlightenment and her development of individuality, largely through Janie’s relationships with others. Hurston uses the themes of power, control, abuse, and respect, in Janie’s relationships with Nanny, Killicks, Starks, and Tea Cake, to effectively illustrate how relationships impact identity and self-growth.
It is Janie’s relationship with Nanny that first suppresses her self-growth…
A Woman’s Journey to Self-discovery
“She had waited all her life for something.” This quote is significant because it epitomizes the struggle of a woman to reach self-actualization. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston juxtaposes opposing places to emphasize the experience gained by the novel’s protagonist, Janie, in each respective location, and to emphasize the effect of that environment on Janie’s journey to attain her dreams. Through this comparison, the author explores the idea…
Their Ears Were Listening To the Blues
In African-American culture, blues music was originally used as a mirror that singers and songwriters could use to project their life’s struggles in a creative way that allowed them to see their issues for what they were; obstacles to work through. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character Janie finds herself blocked by a series of obstacles, partially brought on by her own actions, preventing her from finding her path to security and…
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"Their Eyes Were Wacthing God"
"Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out yourown inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intution." -Steve Jobs
Throughout the course of Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character, Janie, searchesto find her own voice. The author, Zora Neale Hurston, illustrates the growth of Janie's voice throughout the novel. In the beginning, she's very frail, but as she gets…
The way the author characterizes the main characters in Zora Neale Hurston‘s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried shows how people in any situation find friendship and love. Many of the characters in Their Eyes Were Watching God are defined by their thoughts and opinions on women, especially Janie’s three husbands. Logan and Jody don’t consider women to be thinking or feeling humans, and both of these men think they have the right to hurt a woman who they think is…
Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
In the continuing philosophical debate of free will versus determinism, the question arises as to whether or not free will exists. Do people really have the capability of making decisions on their own? OR Is life already determined, and whatever we do is (and always was) the only thing that we could have done at that time, conditions being what they were? Given the circumstances in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, I would argue that…
Janie and Jody, Conflict and Freedom: Their Eyes Were Watching God
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God written by Zora Neale Hurston, the protagonist, Janie, and her husband for a respectable portion of her life, Jody Starks, seek courtship for entirely different reasons. Janie pursues sexual and emotional fulfillment as she journeys to the horizon and to a place of limitless possibility, while the male domineering Jody Starks seeks only after power, control, and a good place in society…