Oprah Had No Eyes to See Her Make a Monstrosity

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Oprah Had No Eyes to See Her Make a Monstrosity Oprah’s movie did Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, an injustice when Oprah changed the entire purpose of the book. The changes made to characters, relationships, and the effects of symbolism makes the story unrecognizable. Their Eyes Were Watching God transforms into a love story and the title changes which alters the entire plot, even some settings change. Oprah truly slaughtered a work of art and her ignorance of the meaning of Their Eyes Were Watching God shows in the movie.
The changes made to the main character, Janie, in Their Eyes Were Watching God destroys the story’s plot. Janie’s character changes significantly by the strength Oprah gives her that she never possessed in the book. Janie in the movie talks to Joe in a way that Janie in the book would have never talked to him. “Janie: What the hell yuh think? Ah can’t deal with yuh no more…” (Dir. Darnell). In the movie Janie refuses to wear the head-rags, talks back to Joe and threatens to leave him for his controlling ways. On top of all that, the scene became public, and Hurston would have never had Janie do this in the book because Janie submits to Joe. “This business of the head-rag irked her endlessly. But Jody was set on it. Her hair was NOT going to show in the store… She was there in the store for him to look at, not those others” (Hurston 64-65). Zora Neale Hurston made Janie the type of character who would have never defied what her husband told her to do because Janie did not refuse to wear the head-rags even though she did not like to wear them. Changing Janie into a woman who defies her husband in effect makes Zora Neale Hurston’s protagonist unrecognizable.
Janie’s moral fiber changed greatly in the movie, Oprah made her an exceedingly bold and loose woman. The characterization of Janie completely transforms in the movie

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