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eyes watching god - In the beginning of the 20th century, it was a new era for everything, especially literature. Two new and unique literary movements began; Local Color and Naturalism. Local Color with its distinct character tone and Naturalism with its weak main character was knowingly cherished by readers. As a response to Darwinism and the inequality in America, Naturalism opened Americans’ eyes of the individual being defeated by society. Local Color freed the minds of the readers as well as the writers by putting the tone of the actual character, not everyone being sophisticated and educated....   [tags: essays research papers] 2091 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay - “She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight,” (11). The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching, God by Zora Neale Hurston, tells a story of a woman, Janie Crawford’s quest to find her true identity that takes her on a journey and back in which she finally comes to learn who she is. These lessons of love and life that Janie comes to attain about herself are endowed from the relationships she has with Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake....   [tags: Literature Review]
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Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God - At some point in any person’s life he or she will be the victim or victimizer of stereotyping. This all too familiar aspect of society is one of the most unfortunate occurrences in life. For many, the harsh generalizations that stereotypes are based on crush the spirit of free will. Yet there are some brave people who choose to counter these stereotypes and live life as they choose, despite what judgments may come. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character, Janie—an African American woman of the 1930’s, struggles with accepting the stereotypes that affect her life....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God Novel - In Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, certain parallels or recurring events prove to be significant. Some examples of parallels include the relationships between the characters and the aspect of love shown through nature. A significant recurring event is Janie being married multiple times. All three of these occurrences greatly contribute to Janie's individuality. Many of Janie’s relationships parallel one another. For instance, Jody and Janie’s relationship parallels with Tea Cake and Janie’s relationship....   [tags: zora hurston, parallel relationships, tea cake] 766 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God and Les Miserables - Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.” Some men never find their ships. The works Their Eyes Were Watching God and Les Miserables can be compared due to the many similarities they share. It can be said that there is complete lack of happiness throughout the both of them....   [tags: playing God, story comparison] 796 words
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Significance of the Porch in Hurston’s Novels, Seraph on the Suwanee and Their Eyes Were Watching G - Significance of the Porch in Hurston’s Novels, Seraph on the Suwanee and Their Eyes Were Watching God “She took to inviting other women friends to drop in and they all expressed envy of her porch. It built Avray up and made her feel more inside of things. It was a kind of throne room, and out there, Avray felt that she could measure arms and cope. Just looking around gave her courage. Out there, Avray had the courage to visit the graveyard of years and dig up dates and examine them cheerfully.” (Seraph on the Suwanee 234) “It was the time for sitting on porches beside the road....   [tags: Their Eyes Watching God Seraph Suwanee] 541 words
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Mythology in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" - Mythology is a key part of many of Zora Neale Hurston’s short stories and novels. She researched the stories of her home town and many other areas of the world. Hurston used this knowledge of myths and stories to help her carry them on to later generations in a form that almost everybody could relate to. Through out all of Zora Neale Hurston’s stories, mythology has been a crucial keystone. Her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, has been influenced by three different ancient myths: the myths of Ezili Freda, Osiris and Isis, and Aphrodite and Adonis....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston, mythology, Their Eyes Were Wat] 1021 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching an Emmy, Not God - Their Eyes Were Watching An Emmy: Not God Throughout the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the reader is painted a picture by Ms. Hurston but completely blindsided if they ever sat down to actually watch this horrid slaughter of what was a classic piece of literature. The screen play just another “ pet project “ for Oprah Winfrey, diminishes the light in which Ms. Zara Neal Hurston herself, portrayed is completely altered to fit the television, sex driving industry in which Ms. Winfrey subdues to the viewers....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston novel vs. Oprah version] 850 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God While reading Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, I was struck with the similarity of the attitude towards life which she shared with the leader of the French surrealist group, André Breton. Like Breton, Hurston's central value was the "marvelous," especially as it can be seen in the world of love. Breton defined the "marvelous" in contrast to the fantastic. "Le merveilleux, nul n'est mieux parvenu à le définir par opposition au `fantastique' qui tend, hélas, de plus en plus à le supplanter auprès de nos contemporains....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston Literature Novels Essays]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Janie is the novel's hero. The story is told in first person as she narrates the story of her life to her friend Pheoby Watson. This is a story of one woman's search for love in the world. From the beginning of Janie’s story under the pear tree, she tries desperately to “find who she is” and this consist of obtaining three different husbands. Janie has gone through a lot in her life time the fact that she is a product of white rape - causes her to be lighter-skinned than other black women. Because Janie is an “unusual” woman concerning her physical characteristics this is a major factor during her marriage to Joe Starks and interactions with Mrs....   [tags: essays research papers] 541 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie battles to find Individualism within herself. Janie, all her life, had been pushed around and told what to do and how to live her life. She searched and searched high and low to find a peace that makes her whole and makes her feel like a complete person. To make her feel like she is in fact an individual and that she’s not like everyone else around her. During the time of ‘Their Eyes’, the correct way to treat women was to show them who was in charge and who was inferior....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1372 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God Book Report 1. Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God 2. Author/Date Written: Zora Neale Hurston/1937 3. Country of Author: 4. Characters Janie Mae Crawford- The book’s main character. She is a very strong willed, independent person. She is able to defy a low class, unhappy life because of these factors, even though the environment that she grew up and lived in was never on her side. Pheoby Watson – Janie’s best friend in Eatonville. Pheoby is the only towns person who respects and cares for Janie....   [tags: essays research papers] 1758 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God Analytical Essay One of the most fascinating and unique novels in African American literature is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, not so much for it's story but for it's beautifully written language. The novel is about the main character, Janie, trying to find herself and the meaning of love. Both Standard English and a southern black dialect, and poetry are seamlessly integrated into the story which reveals symbols and hidden meanings. "She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the inaudible voice of it all came...   [tags: essays research papers] 884 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - How Men Changed Janie For The Better In Zora Neale Hurston’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie Crawford, the heroine of the novel is the first Black female character in African American fiction to embark on a journey of self discovery and achieve independence and self understanding (Novels For Students 303). She enters several marriages with many thoughts but of them all, she has universal expectations for each, those expectations are that she will be treated with the utmost respect and if it isn’t present at the beginning, "love will come" no matter what....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston] 1563 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God An Analysis So many people in modern society have lost their voices. Laryngitis is not the cause of this sad situation-- they silence themselves, and have been doing so for decades. For many, not having a voice is acceptable socially and internally, because it frees them from the responsibility of having to maintain opinions. For Janie Crawford, it was not: she finds her voice among those lost within the pages of Zora Neale Hurston’s famed novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God Often in stories of self-realization and self-love, there is an incident that is often overlooked. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, such is the case. While many people tend to believe that Janie’s relationship with Teacake was the central time when she realized who she was, Her marriage with Joe Starks is often ignored in the big picture. Janie realized what she didn’t want and not to settle and that helped her accept Teacake later on in the book. Jody’s ideals did not mesh with a Janie and caused a lot of conflict....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - I enjoyed Their Eyes Were Watching God's grasp on imagination, imagery and phrasing. Janie's dialogue and vernacular managed to carry me along, slipping pieces of wisdom to me in such a manner that I hardly realize they are ingesting something deep and true. Their Eyes Were Watching God recognizes that there are problems to the human condition, such as the need to possess, the fear of the unknown and resulting stagnation. The book does not leave us with the hopelessness of Fitzgerald or Hemingway, rather, it extends a recognition and understanding of humanity's need to escape emptiness....   [tags: essays research papers] 2404 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - "I have said that the soul is not more than the body, And I have said that the body is not more than the soul, And nothing, not God, is greater to one than one's self is, And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud..." -Walt Whitman, Song of Myself Zora Neale Hurston, in dealing with the female search for self-awareness in Their Eyes Were Watching God, has created a heroine in Janie Crawford. In fact, the female perspective is introduced immediately: "Now, women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to forget....   [tags: essays research papers] 1864 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Theyre Eyes Were Watching God A Voice With Experience In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, many critics have argued over whether or not the main character, Janie, finds her voice by the end of the novel. Yet many seem to be confused as to what her "voice" is. Her voice is her ability to express her thoughts and display her emotions verbally. Many relate the question of Janie’s voice to her amount of emotional strength (her ability to confront her problems or run away from the current situation rather than be isolated in it), yet these things are a completely different matter entirely....   [tags: Essays Papers] 1977 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God De white man is de ruler of everything as fur as Ah been able tuh find out… de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up. He pick it up because he have to, but he don't tote it. He hand it to his womenfolks. De nigger woman is de mule uh de world as fur as Ah can see (14). The white man is on the top of the social and economic hierarchy. He holds the power, and due to this power has a privilege commanding respect and performed labors....   [tags: Papers] 720 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Janie's entire life is one of a journey. She lives through a grandmother, three husbands, and innumerable friends. Throughout is all, she grows closer and closer to her ideals about love and how to live one's life. Zora Neale Hurston chooses to define Janie not by what is wrong in her life, but by what is good in it. Janie changes a lot from the beginning to the end of Their Eyes Were Watching God, but the imagery in her life always conjures positive ideas in the mind of the reader. Janie's life begins under the watchful eye of her grandmother....   [tags: essays research papers] 997 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama. Her writing career began at Howard University where she published her first story in 1921. In 1925, Zora moved to New York where she became one of the many writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Her life experiences in Eatonville and her research into black folklore greatly impacted much of her writing skills and techniques. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the character known as Janie is faced with some difficult relationships with three men forcing her to find out who she really is as a woman and what she wants to be....   [tags: essays research papers] 1165 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God Theme Many times the love that a person is looking for is the one that a person doesn't realize. Setting The author begins and ends the book on a porch where Janie is telling her story to her friend Pheobe Watson. The book begins in the morning on the porch and then ends at night, symbolic of beginning and end. In between these two times Janie is telling her story which travels through the state of Florida. Style In this book, Hurston writes in the dielect of the black community of the time....   [tags: essays research papers] 6207 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Love and Marriage Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a novel about a Southern black woman and her experiences through life. Janie, the main character, is forced at a young age by her grandmother, into an arranged marriage with a man named Logan. Janie is told to learn to love Logan, but the love never comes for Logan in Janie's heart so she leaves him. She meets a man named Joe. Soon after they are married. Joe was sweet at first, then his true feelings about women come out and Janie looses her love she thought she had for him....   [tags: essays research papers] 971 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God  “He set it up and began to show her and she found herself glowing inside.” Page 95 She was glowing because she was getting the kind of attention she always dreamed of. When her first marriage to Logan Killicks ended, she was looking for that natural love. The kind of love that was present before marriage. Love that was the reason for the marriage, not the product of it afterwards. Her next marriage to Jody was an escape. In a sense it was Janie breaking free from the life that Nanny had planned for her, cutting loose from his scratchy toenails and portly stomach....   [tags: Papers] 1048 words
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Their eyes were watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story of many dreams and ambitions that were setback due to the slavery age. Nanny, Janie's grandmother, being a slave in her youth is an example of this fact. Always wishing for what she could've had, she tries to stress to Janie the importance of freedom. Although Nanny dies after the first couple of chapters, it is seen throughout the book that other characters that counteract with Janie, have common thoughts and emphasize on the idea that Nanny ones had. When it comes to love Nanny believed that wealth and protection came before the actual meaning of love, the idea that a strong emotional bond exists between a man and a woman....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston] 1033 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Zora Neale Hurston was a remarkable woman and writer of the early 20th century. Her works were thought provoking and radical for a woman of color in the early 20th century. Her works evoked a sense of control for women of color. Hurston’s work did not go without ridicule; some of the ridicule came from her fellow African-American counterparts, such as Alain Locke and Richard Wright. These two ridiculed the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and her place in the literary canon. Over the course of the years, many professionals have argued the need to include Hurston and her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God....   [tags: women of color, false gods, teaching]
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Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God - Equality is meant for all humans at the moment of their birth as it is said that all are created equal by god. Yet, to this day not all are equal. The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston explores negative aspects of humanity and the values, morals and ethics it promotes through thematic topics. The book uses the thematic topics of sexism, domestic relationships, racism, independence, ambition, and love to prove that equality must be earned and is not given due to the values, ethics and morals that society promotes....   [tags: Book Analysis, Psychoanalytic Theory]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, presents many different symbols that all relatively revolve around two things; love and the fulfillment of Janie’s life. Janie frequently refers back to many things to guide her life, but her grandmother, “Nanny”, was the most prevalent of them all. As a child Janie spent almost all her time with Nanny who set guidelines for her. Nanny attempted to mold Janie’s mind to teach her to fend for herself, but to also find a man who could provide her with protection and a comfortable lifestyle, this way Janie did not have to worry about living a life Nanny lived....   [tags: symbols, janie's life, relationship]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - The late first lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it." Mrs. Roosevelt means that although one person may feel alone through the hardships one faces, one has millions beside oneself who can relate to and understand what one may feel. Zora Neale Hurston shows that even though Janie's family and spouses continue to be abusive and harsh toward Janie, their hate and control left her stronger than before, preparing her for the next challenges thrown at her....   [tags: janie, nanny, deaths]
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Finding True Love in Their Eyes Were Watching God - Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story about one woman’s search for independence and true love. Metaphorically, the phrase, their eyes were watching God mean the creation of a new form of humanity--one that is no longer based on the master-slave dialectic. (Curren, African American Review) When Janie Crawford was only 16 years old, she believed that she could find true love on her own. Janie Crawford believed true love was all about each partner having equal love for each other. Janie experienced sensual pleasures she wanted to experience in her life the day she witnessed a bee pollinating a peer tree....   [tags: Literature Analysis]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African American literature and women's literature. TIME included the novel in its 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, to John Hurston, a carpenter and Baptist preacher, and Lucy Potts Hurston a former schoolteacher....   [tags: biography, african-american literature]
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The Horizon of Possibility in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston - ... That was before the golden dust of pollen had beglamored his rags and her eyes” (Hurston 12). Hurston shows how immature Janie is by her just going up to Johnny Taylor and kissing him because she wanted love so badly. The reader can see that Hurston presented the horizon in the beginning of the novel to show how naive Janie is. Secondly, as the time passed, Janie began to see the horizon differently. It is no longer represented a desire for love, it has become into a need for it. To illustrate, Janie did not find the love she was starving for in her relationship with Logan Killicks, causing Janie to find love with someone else who would end up being Joe Starks: “[e]very day after that th...   [tags: opportunity, love, satisfaction]
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“Ships at a Distance”: Dreams in Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston opens Their Eyes Were Watching God with an eloquent metaphor regarding dreams: “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others, they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time (Hurston 1).” Hurston describes here how some dreams are achieved with time while others lurk out of reach until the dreamer gives up. Janie Crawford, protagonist of Their Eyes Were Watching God, encounters numerous ambitions throughout her life, mainly concerning a desire to somehow achieve something in life, and to not just go through the...   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston basically follows Janie for her whole life. Hurston, in the beginning of the book, said that women “forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.” As Huston said, by the time Jane returns to Eatonville, Janie has discovered herself through her relationships with Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake, and we can see that Janie has painfully discovered her real dream....   [tags: janie, true love]
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The Sentiment of Oprah, Not Hurston in Their Eyes Were Watching God - Oprah takes a magnum opus, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and remakes it into an entirely different story that does not comply with the book. By altering Janie’s character, moral fiber, relationships, and public acts, it changes the meaning of the novel. The hurricane scene, symbolism, and the significance of the title vary from the book. The story morphs into a tale of love when made into a movie. Zora Neale Hurston’s book holds a disparate meaning before it falls into the hands of Oprah, who annihilates it....   [tags: character, moral, relationships, acts, scene] 731 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Silence is Something to Be Valued - Their Eyes Were Watching God: Silence is Something to Be Valued Silence: the absence of any sound or noise. The act of being silent or quiet is something that happens everyday, and as a result, often possesses no significance. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston addresses that silence can have a purpose through the main character Janie. Janie, a woman struggling to find and express herself, is often silenced along her journey towards self-revelation. Silence is often an obstacle of hers, yet at the same time it allows time to take in the situation and analyze....   [tags: Literature]
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Their Eyes Were Watching god, by Zora Neale Hurston - Give an inanimate object the ability to walk. Compare an idea to an image. Exaggerate a concept. Each person has a different poetic style, and each poetic style uses different poetic techniques: personification, simile, hyperbole, imagery, or irony. Zora Neale Hurston reveals her unique poetic style through Their Eyes Were Watching God, the story of Janie Crawford and her journey to finding unconditional, true love. Her journey begins with an arranged marriage to Logan Killicks, a physically unappealing man with a considerable house, to an elopement with Joe Starks, a power-hungry and egocentric leader, and ends with Tea Cake, the man that loves Janie, despite the consequences that come wit...   [tags: Poetic Style Analysis, Diction] 1070 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Growing up is simply part of life. Obstacles are place in our way and are completely up to us to overcome them. A buildungsroman can be described as a novel where the protagonist grows as a person psychologically or as a “coming of age” story. Their Eyes Were Watching God written by Zora Neale Hurston is an exemplary example of a buildungsroman. In this novel, Janie, the main character, through three marriages illustrates well the transition from childhood through adulthood by experiencing all sorts of obstacles....   [tags: janie, marriage, fate]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - ... The last image of the moon rising with its “amber fluid drenching the earth and quenching the thirst of the day” signifies a new day in Janie’s life, as talking to Tea Cake quenches Janie’s thirst for a voice and individuality the way the moon quenches the thirst if the day. Additionally, the narrator’s tone becomes playful after they meet, ending the serious and mocking tone from Janie’s past. Janie and Tea Cake laughed, flirted, played. Lastly, Hurton’s use of two different forms of communication—formal and colloquial—gives the novel a literary “voice” to make the two languages equal with the same recognition from readers....   [tags: african-american woman, freedom, slavery] 780 words
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The Sentiment of Oprah, Not Hurston: Their Eyes Were Watching God - Oprah took a magnum opus, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and remade it into an entirely different story that did not comply with the book. By altering Janie’s character, moral fiber, relationships, and public acts, it changed the meaning of the novel. The symbolism and the significance of the title varied from the book and the story morphed into a tale of love when made into a movie. Zora Neale Hurston’s book held a disparate meaning before it fell into the hands of Oprah, who annihilated it. Janie’s character obtained strength in the movie when she did things that most women of her time would not have done and she would not have done in the book....   [tags: Book Alterations, Symbolism]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston - The differences of the human race are unfathomable; Therefore, it goes without saying that arguments will arise, how we handle these situations reveals our character. The physical abuse implored on Janie in Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, reveals true aspects of gender roles and marital relationships in the twentieth century. Hurston shows no hesitation when broaching such topics; I presume this is because of the conventional view upon male and female relationships shown in the past....   [tags: Domestic Abuse, Women's Rights]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston - Henry David Thoreau once said, “Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.” This excerpt of wisdom is prevalent in the journey of Janie Mae Crawford, the protagonist in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Janie spends the entirety of the novel searching for love and companionship, and on the way she discovers her truest self. When she finally determines her own identity, she realizes that she is a strong, independent woman of color who can defy the stereotypical standards placed upon women in the early 1900s....   [tags: janie, wisdom, tea cake] 954 words
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston - In the nineteen thirties, women were raised with a strict criteria for the way they were required to live their lives. Regardless of love, women only strived to marry men who owned great deals of land. In their eyes, the more land their husbands owned, the more stability they were offered. They lived at their husband’s beck and call, and did not openly oppose to their thoughts. Women rarely strayed away from what was socially acceptable, and ignored what the main character, Janie, from Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, could not....   [tags: women's role, social awakening]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - Zora Hurston was an African American proto-feminist author who lived during a time when both African Americans and women were not treated equally. Hurston channeled her thirst for women’s dependence from men into her book Their Eyes Were Watching God. One of the many underlying themes in her book is feminism. Zora Hurston, the author of the book, uses Janie to represent aspects of feminism in her book as well as each relationship Janie had to represent her moving closer towards her independence....   [tags: proto-feminist, equality, women's dependence]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zoe Neale Hurston - It is human nature to seek out answers and solutions to the unknown. Humans constantly create definitions for complex ideas in order to establish a sense of truth and understanding. However, not everything has one definite answer. Zora Neale Hurston proves this notion in her most popular narrative, Their Eyes Were Watching God. In her novel, Hurston uses Janie’s three husbands to reveal that happiness cannot be defined by a society nor a single individual; true happiness is different for everyone and must be sought out....   [tags: love story, hapinness, human nature]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal - In the nineteen thirties, parents raised their daughters with a strict criterion for the way they were required to live their lives in marriage. Regardless of love, women only strived to marry men who owned great deals of land. In their eyes, the more land their husbands owned, the more stability they were offered. They lived at their husband’s beck and call, and did not openly oppose to their thoughts. Women rarely strayed away from this stability. In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, the main character Janie is raised with belief as well....   [tags: janie's awakening, marriage, womanhood]
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God and Transcendentalism in Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston - Some people would argue that God is a being who watches over us, however other would argue that God manifests through nature, our surroundings, and us. Transcendentalism revolves around the idea that God is nature. It also supports the theory that God is all around us and inside of us and we should be self-reliant and strive for simplicity. These transcendentalist ideas and traditions were present in Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, as Janie experienced herself and the world around her head on over time....   [tags: nature, self-reliance and intuition ]
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Thier Eyes Were Watching God - In life everyone tries to find their true identity. For some it comes naturally, for others it might take years to find their identity, or they might never find it at all. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God; Zora Neale Hurston reveals a woman’s identity through her struggles in life, her treatment by society, and her thoughts on life. Janie a young African American girl who grew up in white life style; believed she was related of them till about the age of six. This impact changed Janie’s view on life....   [tags: essays research papers] 482 words
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God's Will Vs. Human Will in Their Eyes Were Watching God - God's Will Vs. Human Will The will of God and the will of humans are two themes in Zora Neale Hurston's amazing work of art, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Not only do both themes play an essential part in the tone of the novel, but they also play into every other major theme of the book. Among these themes are: self-discovery, love, independence, and nature's power in one's life. Both Janie's personal will, and the will of God in this story are used to show the strengths and weakness of Janie as well the rest of the characters....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston] 1243 words
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Recurring Themes in The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God - The recurring themes of society, class, and self identity can be seen throughout many different writings of the 20th century. Two of these writings include, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. Both novels focus on the protagonist's goal of achieving equal rights in their own environment while at the same time trying to figure out who they are in the world. In the early 1900s, when “Their Eyes Were Watching God” takes place, slavery had very recently been abolished (relatively speaking) and the lasting effects of segregation take a toll on Janie, the protagonist....   [tags: literature, society, class, self identity]
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Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God - ... This pushed Janie to her breaking point and even into the arms of another man by the name of Jody Starks. She knew that Logan would never connect with one another physical, emotional, and even intellectual. She was searching for someone that could fulfill her passion for love physically and emotionally. When she meets Jody she would see how he had so much to offer her with the love and power. “You behind a plow. You ain't got no mo' business wid uh plow than uh hog is got wid uh holiday. You ain't got no business cuttin' up no seed p'taters neither....   [tags: symbolism, story and literary analysis]
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Feminist Ideals in Zora Neale Hustron´s Eyes Were Watching God - ... Hurston purposefully compares Janie’s progressive ideals to those of feminists who were coined as “New Women” who sought marriages based on equality. She directly relates this contrast in beliefs to feminist’s dreams of and efforts towards success and equality through female autonomy rather than material wealth and security under a man’s control. Furthermore, as Janie settles in her second marriage with Jody Starks, she becomes increasingly dissatisfied. Janie’s feelings of confinement and entrapment steadily rise as Jody orders her to remain introverted and shuttle between the general store and home (Moss and Wilson 3)....   [tags: social, cultural, gender, feminism] 1415 words
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True Love in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston - Many literary works have love as a theme. By reading different novels, one receives a glimpse of all the different kinds of love and their purposes. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston represents love as the sea. By reading this novel, the reader comes to the conclusion that our capability to love deviates with every person we come across. Love is in some ways an art, and it transforms as people transform. Janie Crawford, perhaps one of the greatest love philosophers and the protagonist, says, “Love ain’t somethin’ lak uh grindstone dat’s de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch....   [tags: janie, . The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald]
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Their Eyes Were Watching God, Written by Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Zora Neale Hurston, is a novel about Janie Crawford, a “light” african american woman living in the 1930’s. Janie’s life is chronicled as she tells her friend her story: a pear tree, a dead mule, three marriages, and a hurricane later the reader and the listener, Phoeby, feels they had “‘done growed ten feet higher from jus’ listenin’’” (192) to her story. However, overall Hurston wants the reader to understand that they have to find out about living for themselves by following their own expectations and not the expectations of others for them....   [tags: janie crawford, african american women]
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Life of Harship and Suppression in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurtson - ... Janie’s arranged marriage is similar to many individuals’ experiences in today’s society. Individuals are often expected to marry within their designated class in order to live a certain lifestyle. These great pressures are often initiated by parents. For example, alumni who have attended Ivy League schools are often pressured to marry others of the same status. Even when a woman falls deeply in love with a man of a lower class, the union of these two individuals is often shunned by friends and family members....   [tags: nanny, murder, marriage] 622 words
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