Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston focuses on the evolution of an African-American woman as she goes through adulthood and three marriages in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston expresses the framed narrative through Janie Crawford’s point of view as she recounts her story to her friend Phoeby, and uses two dialects throughout the novel. The clear dichotomy of the narrator’s diction and the characters’ African-American dialect gives importance toward Janie’s struggles and progress to find her strength and independence. Hurston magnifies the theme of voice and language, not only with the characters’ personalities, but also with the form of the novel as she employs a third person omniscient point of view, provoking imagery and shifts in tone.

After two failed marriages, Janie finally gets a sense of freedom. Soon enough she meets Tea Cake when he comes into the store and asks her to play a game of checkers with him. The narration of their first meeting lets readers know what Janie thinks about Tea Cake, while also showing Janie’s control in her storytelling to Phoeby. The contrast between Janie’s behavior toward Tea Cake and her behavior towards her ex-husbands foreshadows an equal relationship between the two, making her closer to her goal of finding her own voice. Tea Cake’s name evokes an image of sweetness, and Janie gives him a “little cut-eye look to get her meaning,” Because there were no images attributed to Joe and Logan, readers know that Tea Cake and his sweetness will help Janie’s goal. 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 individ...

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George Orwell’s haunting dystopian novel 1984 delves into the closely monitored lives of the citizens of Oceania as the Party tries to take control of society. In totalitarianism, propaganda and terrorism are ways of subjugation with a main goal: total obedience. He aimed to create a “what if” novel, what would happen if totalitarian regimes, such as the Nazis and Soviets, were to take over the world. If totalitarianism were to happen, the leader would be the brain of the whole system. Orwell emphasizes the theme of individualism versus collective identity through Winston, the protagonist, and his defiance to the Party and Big Brother, with a frightening tone, surreal imagery and a third person limited point of view.

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