The two keys that unlocked life's secrets she believed were "people got tuh go tuh God, and they got to find out about livin' fuh theyselves" (183). Zora Neale Hurston closes off Their Eyes Were Watching God with one final, poignant image, reiterating the transformation in the heroine: "[calling] in her soul to come and see the splendor of her life" (184). Hurston has portrayed a female character as an emergent heroine, a creator of her own destiny, and one who has mastered the journey for self-awareness. Says Mary Helen Washington in the Foreword of Their Eyes Were Watching God, "for most black women readers discovering "Their Eyes" for the first time, what was most compelling was the figure of Janie Crawford - powerful, articulate, self-reliant, and radically different from any woman character they had ever before encountered in literature." Janie Crawford is defiant; she defies men, but most importantly, she defies our own preconceived notions of what the role of an African-American woman should be in modern literature.
The reader notices Janie struggle in finding herself and over time Janie begins to develop her own ideas and ideals. In Their Eyes Were Watching God each character has their own beliefs towards marriage which in turn develops a viewpoint of how marriage should be and what it shouldn’t be. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (Hurston) explores this marriage issue by showing Janie’s failing love endeavors, showing her real true love, and the after-effects of losing someone dear. First, Janie’s failing love endeavors with her first two husbands. The first ideas about love that Janie was exposed to was those of her grandmother, Nanny.
Janie's Relationship in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie discovers herself through her relationships with Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake. Each marriage brings her closer to that one thing in life she dreams to have, love. Janie is a woman who has lived most of her life the way other people thought she should. Her mother abandons her when she is young, and her grandmother (Nanny), raises her. Nanny has a very strict moral code, and specific ideas about freedom and marriage.
In Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “Sweat,” Hurston uses the characters Janie Crawford and Delia Jones to symbolize African-American women as the mules of the world and their only alternative were through their words, in order to illustrate the conditions women suffered and the actions they had to take to maintain or establish their self-esteem. Hurston first introduced the mule in “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” to function as a symbol of the ongoing conflict women have faced with as they struggle with being worked hard, oppressed and mistreated. Janie’s grandmother, Nanny, grew up in slavery and the associated of bondage. She informs granddaughter, “So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh
Over and over we see a substantial fault in human nature that, driven by fear, pushes people to extreme measures in order to protect their power and more importantly their own life. Forced to the very edge of their sanity, by fear, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth must constantly watch over their shoulders and worry that their forcefully taken seats of power will be snatched out from beneath them. Along with this fear, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s greed, motivation, and insecurity subsequently results in their need to kill anyone and everyone that poses any hint of a threat to their power. Macbeth’s greed for power combined with his fear of loosing that power and his place on the thrown, leads to his overwhelming need to control every event and circumstance that he is placed in. Demonstrated early in this story Macbeth begins to feel a sort of entitlement to having a place on the thrown of Scotland after the foreshadowing of his future by the witches.
By comparing the lives of African American women and mules it is evident that they both work for others benefits, they both are property of men, and they both carry the biggest burden. Mules are abused, mistreated, ridiculed, and overworked, so are black women. Women, like mules, work for others benefits. A prominent example of this is Janie's Grandmother. Even though she has gained her freedom, she still lives her life as a civil servant for a white family, the Washburn's.
Throughout century, man has being also the center of all activities. Man are related to active, violence, and more active than woman, The society has made it this way and still has the concentration of dominance and superiority of man all over the world. This injustice on women is so getting crucial to a point where many women activists are trying to stop this bad treatment on woman in the world. In the story of Zahra by Al- Shaykh, Hanan use this story to illustrate the problems of war and consequences female are still enduring until this day. The concept of violence and war illustrate the power of masculinity over feminist due to their weaknesses, unequal treatments and their view as objects in the society.
This idea of aggression is represented in many different ways, shapes, and forms. For instance, the novel is filled with hostility at every point, from emotional to physical abuse. Zits, the protagonist, goes through these flashbacks where acts of cruelty are committed. Although Zits, comes across genuinely kind people throughout his journey he witnesses and commits acts of violence that teach us that violence is inevitable human behavior because when faced with a difficult situation we will always resort to violence. To begin with, the emotional violence and manipulation Zits experiences from his aunt’s boyfriend, set the stepping-stones for what made aggression an instinct for Zits.
Use of Clothing in Their Eyes Were Watching God In the novel Their Eyes were watching God Zora Neale Hurston portrays a woman named Janie's search for love and freedom. Janie, throughout the novel, bounces through three different marriages, with a brief stint at being a widow in between. Throughout these episodes, Hurston uses Janie`s clothing as a visual bookmark of where Janie is in her search for true love and how she is being influenced by those around her. Janie's first article of clothing is an apron that she wears while married to Logan Killiks as a hard working sixteen year old. Logan, who Janie describes as looking like "an `ol skullhead in de grave yard," (pg.
The poem, “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes vividly portrays an African American mother whose strong will and determination has led her to successfully overcome many of her hardships. Hughes uses the mother to express the theme of never giving up. Another subject that is expressed throughout the poem is the oppression of black Americans. Because of Hughes significant usage of diction and imagery, he can further elaborate on the theme he has conveyed. In this short twenty line poem, Hughes highlights the importance of staying diligent to conquer obstructions in ones life.