Whose eyes were watching God?

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Whose eyes were watching God? In the movie Their Eyes Were Watching God, Oprah Winfrey manipulates events that happened in the book by Zora Neale Hurston. Oprah morphs many relationships in the movie Their Eyes Were Watching God. She changes the role of gender, and also makes changes in Janie’s character strength. Oprah also changes the symbolism in the movie to where some important symbols in the book change to less important roles. Oprah changes many important events in the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, when she makes the movie. In the book Their Eye’s Were Watching God, Janie the main character has a weaker role. Oprah strengthens Janie’s character when she makes the movie. “Women are not only considered the weaker sex but are fundamentally defined by their relationship to men” (Theme). In the book Janie has the weaker role. When Oprah makes the movie, Janie’s role significantly increases. Janie does things in the movie like saving Tea-Cake from drowning. In the book Janie actually needed saving from the flooding water, and Tea-Cake saved her. Oprah makes Janie’s character strength look much greater than it did in the book. In the movie Janie goes with Jody to buy more land for the town. Zora Neale Hurston’s version of this scene went a different way. Janie did not accompany Jody in the book when he went to buy land. Oprah strengthens Janie’s character by making her look like she has a role in decision making. The book shows Janie as not being an equal, but Oprah changed that when making the movie. When Oprah made the movie, she changed up some of Janie’s relationships. Janie’s relationship with Jody changed, and you can see it easily. “Janie, though occasionally speaking her mind, shows little fight during their marriage. However, her caring nature will not allow her to rest while Joe is in his sick bed” (Janie). In the book Janie serves as just something
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