20 April 2016
What Samantha Wrote and Printed
In Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston depicts a great story of life and love with an incredibly honest story line. The things that Janie goes through in the novel are real life situations of a woman back in Janie’s time period. After reading Richard Wright’s claim and seeing his reasons for disapproval of the book one would also disapprove of his interpretation and would have to rule it to be false. This novel is abundant with truth, while embodying a fantastic theme, message, and thought. Despite Richard Wright’s references to race, racism is not the central theme of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Even as Zora Neale Hurston puts race and racism into the culture and into the society in which Janie lives, she chooses to focus more on Janie 's life experiences as a woman in general than specifically as a black woman.
Hurston has a distinctive use of language throughout this novel. Above all her emphasis on the southern dialect of the characters is what stands out and what most readers see as racism. Many people may think that when Hurston makes her characters speak in the way that she does it is her way of making fun of the character for the enjoyment of the white reader but there is more to it than that. In actuality throughout the entire book she shifts between the conversations of the characters and the narration of the story. During these conversations is when Hurston incorporated the southern dialect, she uses this not to represent racism in any way but to emphasize on the time period and setting of the novel. Being that their location is in the deep south it should be expected that the characters wouldn’t talk in the same ...
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...red from the novel itself. Therefor I know that Hurston was not focusing on racism as the theme or message if the story, she had so much more to focus on with so many more points to get across to the reader that taking time to write about racism like everyone else would have been useless. Zora Neale Hurston had a voice and she used it to the best of her ability, although her novel went unnoticed for a long time now we know it as one of the great novels of the period of time.
Hurston, Zora Neale. “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” N.p.: J. B. Lippincott &, 1937. Print.
Hurston, Zora Neale. "What White Publishers Won 't Print." Ed. Winston Napier. African American Literary Theory: A Reader (2000): 54-57. Print.
Wright, Richard. "Blueprint for Negro Writing." Ed. Winston Napier. African American Literary Theory: A Reader (2000): 45-54. Print.
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