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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- Zora Hurston was an African American proto-feminist author who lived during a time when both African Americans and women were not treated equally. Hurston channeled her thirst for women’s dependence from men into her book Their Eyes Were Watching God. One of the many underlying themes in her book is feminism. Zora Hurston, the author of the book, uses Janie to represent aspects of feminism in her book as well as each relationship Janie had to represent her moving closer towards her independence....   [tags: proto-feminist, equality, women's dependence]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zoe Neale Hurston

- It is human nature to seek out answers and solutions to the unknown. Humans constantly create definitions for complex ideas in order to establish a sense of truth and understanding. However, not everything has one definite answer. Zora Neale Hurston proves this notion in her most popular narrative, Their Eyes Were Watching God. In her novel, Hurston uses Janie’s three husbands to reveal that happiness cannot be defined by a society nor a single individual; true happiness is different for everyone and must be sought out....   [tags: love story, hapinness, human nature]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

- Each and everyday, everyone is trying to figure out who they are. The things they do, say, their preferences, and desires shape what they are. In the book Their Eyes were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston the main character Janie is doing exactly that. She is trying to figure out who she is, and what the future holds for her being a mixed woman from Florida. Coming from a life where she is privileged compared to others of the African American descent, she is raised by her grandmother after her mother is not well equipped to take care of her....   [tags: Love, Marriage]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

- Gender inequality has been a major issue for many centuries now. Societies insist in assigning males and females to different roles in life. The traditional stereotypes and norms for how a male and female should present themselves to the world have not changed much over time. But individuals are more than just their gender and should have the right to act and be treated the way they want. The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston illustrates the discrimination against women and the issues that arise from a gender double standard society....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Gender role, Marriage]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

- In the book, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the main character, Janie’s past actions affects her development throughout the novel. There are also positive and negative effects that impacted her life. Janie is influenced through the development of her relationships such as her Nanny’s advice to her as a child, Joe tries to control her, and before and after the hurricane causes Tea Cake and Janie’s relationship to become more tense, causing the outcome for her to free herself from the restrictions and make her own personal decisions....   [tags: Marriage, Love]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

- Explained Styles & Tones Of Their Eyes Were Watching God “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.” (pg.1, par.1) and so begins the powerful story of Janie Crawford, along with the author’s menagerie of different styles and tones. These tones and styles set the stage for Zora Neale Hurston’s major themes, all of which were strongly introduced and defended throughout the novel. Hurston’s themes vary from sexism, to dialogue, and to religion; which during her time were extremely prudent issues to the U.S....   [tags: Explained Styles and Tones]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zola Neale Hurston

- Love is different for each and every person. For some, it comes easy and happens early in life. For others, such as Janie Mae Crawford, in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, it happened much later in life. Oddly, after two failed marriages. Janie sought love in several different men and marriages, hoping to find true love; however, she was often left with abuse, hardship, and a broken-heart. As stated by Hoffman “Well, I think everyone struggles with self-love.” Amour Propre¹ Love for one’s parents is honorable, love for one’s child is unconditional, but self-love is often denied....   [tags: Literary analysis, love]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

- Throughout the novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, Zora Neale Hurston uses colors and other symbols to describe the state of relationships, feelings, and even show a certain point of view. As Janie goes through relationships, she encounters different colors. Hurston also shows us Janie’s feelings within those relationships as well as the common view of the world on Janie. Next to the colors, Hurston uses other symbols to show the reader even more specific meanings. This is first seen in her first marriage....   [tags: Color, Red, Love, Zora Neale Hurston]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

- Third Time Is the Charm In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie Crawford is surrounded by stereotypical communities, in which the male figure has dominant attributes while the female plays a more submissive role, that influences her individual desire and the tension that builds between Janie’s outward conformity and inward questioning. Hurston puts Janie into the category of the “expected” standard of a housewife and through this role, Janie has to ultimately overcome the pressure of the stereotypes that ties her to the plain and habitual standards of a woman....   [tags: Marriage, Zora Neale Hurston, Love]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God ny Zora Neale

- Male dominance is valued strongly and promoted by Hurston’s society which leads to inequality. This means that in order for Janie to gain equality in her relationship she must earn it. This is proven during a conversation between Janie and Logan when he asks her to help him with the farm work. Janie refuses to help him so Logan replies by saying: ‘You ain't got no particular place. It's wherever Ah need yuh. Git uh move on yuh, and dat quick.’ ‘Mah mamma didn't tell me Ah wuz born in no hurry....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal

- In the nineteen thirties, parents raised their daughters with a strict criterion for the way they were required to live their lives in marriage. Regardless of love, women only strived to marry men who owned great deals of land. In their eyes, the more land their husbands owned, the more stability they were offered. They lived at their husband’s beck and call, and did not openly oppose to their thoughts. Women rarely strayed away from this stability. In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, the main character Janie is raised with belief as well....   [tags: janie's awakening, marriage, womanhood]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Husrton

- Throughout a person’s lifetime, he or she is likely to encounter a death that will have a profound effect on the way they look at themselves and the world around them. This is true for Janie Crawford, the main character of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. The book takes place in the early 1900s and follows the life of a young black woman named Janie; her story is told in the form of a flashback as she describes her life to her friend Pheoby. Her tale begins when she is a teenager, illustrating her life with her grandmother and three different men up until her return to Eatonville....   [tags: janie crawford, death, self determination]

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Zola Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Opening the Heart “We wander for distraction but we travel for fulfillment,” is a great description for what Janie Crawford is looking for on her journey in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (10). It is very clear from the text that Janie is searching for something to fill an empty gap she has due to her past experiences. Her problems could have rooted from her early childhood when she was abandoned by both parents. Her identity struggle can be traced from her bad luck with men. No matter what the cause for her inner conflict, Janie struggles to find fulfilment and has many identity issues....   [tags: literary and charcter analysis]

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Janie´s Quest in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Towards the end of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, takes an interesting twist when Tea Cake demonstrates an unusual act of violence and behavior. Most Readers agree that the character Janie is trying to create and discover her real identity through all the trials and tribulations she goes through in the novel. I am going to provide helpful insight toward the details of Janie’s quest to discover and create her own self-identity.in the novel, the main character Janie is in the process of discovering her self-identity....   [tags: violence, behavior, marriage, traits, identity]

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The Eyes Were Watching God Post Harlem Renaissance

- Written in seven weeks, Zora Neale Hurston wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God post-Harlem Renaissance in the Caribbean. Although sternly critiqued by the male African American in the literary community, Alice Walker who is a prominent female figure in the literary scene, shed light on the novel reviving and revealing the richness of themes the book holds. The setting takes place in Eatonville, Florida which was the first all-black community in the United States, and also where Hurston grew up. (citation) In the midst of a hostile, externally and internally racist, and sexist environment Janie Crawford is put in, Hurston portrays a female character who is fiercely independent and bold in her...   [tags: Marriage, Love, Zora Neale Hurston]

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Janie 's Eyes Were Watching God

- Throughout Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s mind is pulled in opposing directions by two conflicting forces regarding love and marriage. As a child, Janie is raised by Nanny, her grandmother, because her mother was raped as a young woman and left shortly after giving birth to Janie. Janie is taught at a young age by Nanny that marriage is about finding financial security and safety rather than finding true love. Nanny’s harsh and distant thoughts on marriage are a result of both her and her daughters rapes, both of which resulted in children that grew up in harsh economic conditions....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Family, Meaning of life]

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Eyes Were Watching God

- Their Eyes Were Watching God provides an enlightening look at the journey of a "complete, complex, undiminished human being", Janie Crawford. Her story, based on self-exploration, self-empowerment, and self-liberation, details her loss and attainment of her innocence and freedom as she constantly learns and grows from her experiences with gender issues, racism, and life. The story centers around an important theme; that personal discoveries and life experiences help a person find themselves....   [tags: essays research papers]

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God and Transcendentalism in Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston

- Some people would argue that God is a being who watches over us, however other would argue that God manifests through nature, our surroundings, and us. Transcendentalism revolves around the idea that God is nature. It also supports the theory that God is all around us and inside of us and we should be self-reliant and strive for simplicity. These transcendentalist ideas and traditions were present in Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, as Janie experienced herself and the world around her head on over time....   [tags: nature, self-reliance and intuition ]

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Imagery in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Imagery in Their Eyes Were Watching God The novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" contains beautiful imagery that conveys the thoughts of the author towards the antagonist of this story, Janie Crawford. Through her four distinct lives as Janie Crawford, Janie Killicks, Janie Starks, and Janie Woods she realizes that each day the sun rises a new change is apparent in her life. The experience of each distinct life makes her realize more about herself than she ever knew before. She comes to a self-revelation about herself....   [tags: Papers]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God 4

- Unlike The Odyssey or any other epic tales, Their Eyes Were Watching God has a different perspective of what a hero is. In this novel, Hurston writes a story about an African-American woman named Janie Crawford whose quest is to find her identity and desire as a human being to be loved and appreciated for who she is. Her quest to fulfill those desires is not easy since she has to overcome so many obstacles and challenges in her life. A superiority that her Nanny posses over her to determine Janie's own life when she was a teenager and being a beautiful accessory to the glory of Joe Starks' are some of the experience that she encounters....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Summary

- Their Eyes Were Watching God: Summary A caterpillar crawls along a desolate branch. His many appendages grip the gray bark as he undulates his body along the path in the shade. Creeping steadily forward he is looking for the proper place suitable enough for him to change his identity. Upon finding a twig sprout where he can get bilateral support, he builds his cocoon. After his cocoon is finished the caterpillar crawls in for his metamorphosis. If one is to see a cocoon on a tree it does not resemble beauty, it is a bland piece of wound thread like material with a hole in the top....   [tags: essays research papers]

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thier eyes were watching god

- “Baby Janie” Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel about a woman named Janie who grows up and finds out what life and God have in store for her. The story is very similar to Black Women by Georgia Johnson. This novel and poem share similar themes, characters, and symbols. This similarity is seen through out these two works within their writing. These two stories both tell a basic theme of being born into a harsh world and the choices which must be made by the characters. The themes main focus is on the development of the baby and Janie and the paths they chose to follow....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Thier Eyes Were Watching God

- In life everyone tries to find their true identity. For some it comes naturally, for others it might take years to find their identity, or they might never find it at all. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God; Zora Neale Hurston reveals a woman’s identity through her struggles in life, her treatment by society, and her thoughts on life. Janie a young African American girl who grew up in white life style; believed she was related of them till about the age of six. This impact changed Janie’s view on life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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God's Will Vs. Human Will in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- God's Will Vs. Human Will The will of God and the will of humans are two themes in Zora Neale Hurston's amazing work of art, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Not only do both themes play an essential part in the tone of the novel, but they also play into every other major theme of the book. Among these themes are: self-discovery, love, independence, and nature's power in one's life. Both Janie's personal will, and the will of God in this story are used to show the strengths and weakness of Janie as well the rest of the characters....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston]

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Zora Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Janie desired an equal and loving marriage, neither of which she obtained by her first marriage. Janie was forced into marriage by her grandmother, Nanny, as Nanny thought this would protect Janie after she had been caught kissing Johnny Taylor (The Concept of Love and Marriage in Zora Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God). Nanny forced Janie into a hasty marriage with Mr. Logan Killicks, who Nanny believed would be the most decent option for Janie, as he was financially stable and owned sixty acres of farmland (Haurykiewicz)....   [tags: Marriage, Love, Zora Neale Hurston]

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Gender Roles : Their Eyes Were Watching God, And Things Fall Apart

- “When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.”- Simone de Beauvoir. The theme of gender role is prominent in the novels “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and “Things Fall Apart.” The Authors of both, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “Things Fall Apart” uses the theme of gender roles to define women as less than men. The books “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and “Things Fall Apart,” defines women as less than men through the theme of gender role by showing women accepting the roles given to them by others....   [tags: Gender role, Gender, Transgender, Gender identity]

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Freedom and Achievement of Janie In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston

- Freedom and Achievement of Janie In Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Hurston actual concept, In Their Eyes Were Watching God was to explain the love demand of an African American Character called Janie. According to the Webster Dictionary, freedom before the 12th century was observed as the lack of requirement, pressure, or control in choice of action. . Hurston has formed the word which defines the traditional character of Black women in the 1940s. Though it is confusing as the Southern language in which most of the book is written may appear, such as using sentences like “ I done told u before”, with this, Hurston was still able to pass her message of love, freedom and satisfaction or ach...   [tags: janie, love, african american]

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Symbols in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- Zora Neale Hurston uses many symbols throughout her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, to represent many different things. Symbols are important in a novel because they reveal ideas and qualities beyond the literal sense of the symbol. Symbolism also helps the reader better understand the deeper meanings of the book. Zora Neale Hurston uses various symbols such as a horizon, Janie’s hair, and a pear tree in Their Eyes Were Watching God. The horizon is a powerful symbol that is recurrent throughout Their Eyes Were Watching God....   [tags: horizon, goals, dreams, death]

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`` Their Eyes Were Watching God `` By Zora Neale Hurston And The Lighthouse By Virginia Woolf

- Agency according to the Oxford English Dictionary is the, “Ability or capacity to act or exert power,” (“Agency’). In marriage this is an interesting concept as there are only two parties involved in a marriage. Each party desires control; however there is often an imbalance of power. In many of modernist works there is a clear investigation into the agency of women in marriage. Many women lacked agency in marriage at this time, such as the inability to make decisions about their children or the expectation that their only role was to clean the house and cook....   [tags: Marriage, Husband, Wife, Zora Neale Hurston]

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Paragoning Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God with Eva Perón

- The character, Janie Crawford, of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God strikes a similar pose to Argentine political figure, Eva Peron. The National Endowment for the Arts proclaims the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, as a narration of the main character, Janie Crawford, a girl, “ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless teenage girl into a woman with a finger on the trigger of her own destiny” (Koss). To any citizen of Argentina or anyone who has seen the musical and film adaptation “Evita,” this quote is accurate....   [tags: historic and character analysis]

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Recurring Themes in The Great Gatsby and Their Eyes Were Watching God

- The recurring themes of society, class, and self identity can be seen throughout many different writings of the 20th century. Two of these writings include, “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald and, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston. Both novels focus on the protagonist's goal of achieving equal rights in their own environment while at the same time trying to figure out who they are in the world. In the early 1900s, when “Their Eyes Were Watching God” takes place, slavery had very recently been abolished (relatively speaking) and the lasting effects of segregation take a toll on Janie, the protagonist....   [tags: literature, society, class, self identity]

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Rabies in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Huston

- Their Eyes Were Watching God is a captivating novel written by Zora Neale Hurston in which she depicts the life struggles of one Janie Crawford. Throughout her life she encounters many different opportunities and challenges. Some of these challenges are brought about by the men in her life. First she is with Logan Killicks, whom she only married for his financial stability. Then she ran off with Jody Starks who showed her a rich life of fun and running a business. However, once he died she runs off with a much younger man named Tea Cake....   [tags: disease, janie crawford, virus]

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Search for Identity in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- In the society and world we live in we all want to be accepted and feel like we belong. Zora Neale Hurston goes through trials and tribulations as being a twenty-century African American such as slavery and feeling like she belongs. Imagine every time you think you are finally happy with whom you are and it turns out that wasn’t the case. In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie embarks on journey in search for her own identity where each of her three husbands plays an important role in her discovery of who she is....   [tags: love, spiritual sense, marriage]

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Reflections Of Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

- Reflections of Society In Their Eyes Were Watching God People are generally influenced by their surroundings and conditions that they are living in. When authors construct novels, the issues of their time are often reflected in their work. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, during the telling of the life of a black woman in the early 1900s, the historical time period is represented by the racism and segregation against black individuals, the stereotypes of gender roles, and the overall lifestyle of the characters- including their occupations, homes, and relationships....   [tags: Black people, White people, African American]

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The Impact of Hurston's Life Experiences on the Character Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston explores the life of an African American woman from the south who is trying to find herself. The protagonist of this novel is Janie Crawford. She is trying to defy what people expect of her, and she lives her life searching to have a better life. Zora Neale Hurston’s life experiences influence the book in many ways, including language, personality, and life experiences. Through her use of southern black language in the book Zora Neale Hurston illustrates the vernacular she grew up speaking....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Critical Analysis]

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The Effects of Attitudes in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- Their Eyes Were Watching God Each and every individual faces obstacles and limitations unique to their own circumstances, and the way that those obstacles are met and overcome ultimately determine the fulfillment and happiness that person is able to acquire. Perhaps one of the most influential but commonly looked over influences on one’s development is the attitude of others, in addition to one’s own attitude. While a kind, strong, responsible, driven attitude can empower one to lead a fulfilling life, the positivity of others is equally as effective....   [tags: obstacles, limitations, janie]

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Critique of Oprah Winfrey's Film Version of Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Oprah Winfrey lied on the opposite end of Zora Neale Hurston’s spectrum when she produced her atrocious rendition of Hurston’s stellar novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. She modified characters and symbols, altered the theme and relationships, and utterly desolated the significance of the title, making it almost unrecognizable to someone who has read the book. Winfrey totally eviscerated Hurston’s unsurpassed novel, extrapolating what she thought important without going in depth in to the true meaning of the story....   [tags: Amalgamating Bitterness, Story Contradiction]

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Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

- ... This pushed Janie to her breaking point and even into the arms of another man by the name of Jody Starks. She knew that Logan would never connect with one another physical, emotional, and even intellectual. She was searching for someone that could fulfill her passion for love physically and emotionally. When she meets Jody she would see how he had so much to offer her with the love and power. “You behind a plow. You ain't got no mo' business wid uh plow than uh hog is got wid uh holiday. You ain't got no business cuttin' up no seed p'taters neither....   [tags: symbolism, story and literary analysis]

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Overview: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- Their Eyes Were Watching God was written by Zora Neale Hurston and published in 1937. Hurston's book guides us through character Janie Crawford’s hectic journey while taking place in the 1900s. The story starts out with Janie, a middle-aged African American woman, returning to her hometown in Eatonville, Florida. Her surprise visit gets the town talking. They wonder where she had gone, what she was doing, and why she was gone so long. Janie’s friend, Pheoby Watson, visits Janie to find out what happened....   [tags: african american, janie crawford]

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Feminist Ideals in Zora Neale Hustron´s Eyes Were Watching God

- ... Hurston purposefully compares Janie’s progressive ideals to those of feminists who were coined as “New Women” who sought marriages based on equality. She directly relates this contrast in beliefs to feminist’s dreams of and efforts towards success and equality through female autonomy rather than material wealth and security under a man’s control. Furthermore, as Janie settles in her second marriage with Jody Starks, she becomes increasingly dissatisfied. Janie’s feelings of confinement and entrapment steadily rise as Jody orders her to remain introverted and shuttle between the general store and home (Moss and Wilson 3)....   [tags: social, cultural, gender, feminism]

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Relationships in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- In the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston, the character Janie goes through multiple relationships throughout her life in which she experiences struggles to free herself from the power and controls of others. Even though love can lead to stability, it doesn’t always give power. The character Janie is raised by her nanny, who teaches her as much as she can about how important wealth is. Although Janie’s nanny implied her with those standards, Janie doesn’t seem to care....   [tags: Girl, Freedom, Love]

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Journey To The Horizon in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God

- “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board,” (Page 1) starts Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, a story about a young girl’s experiences as she tries to find love. The novel begins by distinguishing the dreams of men and women. The dreams of men either come along naturally, or “sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time.” (Page 1) Women, on the other hand, remember only what they want to remember....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Facing Inner Conflict in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie Crawford, the protagonist, constantly faces the inner conflicts she has against herself. Throughout a lot of her life, Janie is controlled, whether it be by her Nanny or by her husbands, Logan Killicks and Joe Starks. Her outspoken attitude is quickly silenced and soon she becomes nothing more than a trophy, only meant to help her second husband, Joe Starks, achieve power. With time, she no longer attempts to stand up to Joe and make her own decisions....   [tags: adventure, aging, couragous]

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The Quest for Affection in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- “Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.” The main character in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie Crawford, possesses a seemingly unquenchable thirst for affection, and does not rest until she finds the man who is able to offer her the love she desires and believes to deserve. Janie defines love as a fluid force that is different with every man, and transforms with changing circumstances. Janie does not care to be wealthy, or to have high social standing; she wishes to be submerged in a sea of tenderness and to swim through waters of passion, and to be caressed by captivating waves of...   [tags: sexuality, love, memory]

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True Love in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

- Many literary works have love as a theme. By reading different novels, one receives a glimpse of all the different kinds of love and their purposes. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston represents love as the sea. By reading this novel, the reader comes to the conclusion that our capability to love deviates with every person we come across. Love is in some ways an art, and it transforms as people transform. Janie Crawford, perhaps one of the greatest love philosophers and the protagonist, says, “Love ain’t somethin’ lak uh grindstone dat’s de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tuh everything it touch....   [tags: janie, . The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, Written by Zora Neale Hurston

- Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Zora Neale Hurston, is a novel about Janie Crawford, a “light” african american woman living in the 1930’s. Janie’s life is chronicled as she tells her friend her story: a pear tree, a dead mule, three marriages, and a hurricane later the reader and the listener, Phoeby, feels they had “‘done growed ten feet higher from jus’ listenin’’” (192) to her story. However, overall Hurston wants the reader to understand that they have to find out about living for themselves by following their own expectations and not the expectations of others for them....   [tags: janie crawford, african american women]

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Life of Harship and Suppression in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurtson

- ... Janie’s arranged marriage is similar to many individuals’ experiences in today’s society. Individuals are often expected to marry within their designated class in order to live a certain lifestyle. These great pressures are often initiated by parents. For example, alumni who have attended Ivy League schools are often pressured to marry others of the same status. Even when a woman falls deeply in love with a man of a lower class, the union of these two individuals is often shunned by friends and family members....   [tags: nanny, murder, marriage]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and The Awakening by Kate Chopin

- Novels that are written by pronounced authors in distinct periods can possess many parallels and differences. In fact, if we were to delve further into Zora Neale Hurstons, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, we can draw upon many similarities. Now of course there are the obvious comparisons, such as Janie is African American and poor, unlike Edna who is white and wealthy, but there is much more than just ethnicity and materialistic wealth that binds these two characters together....   [tags: paralells and differences]

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Analysis Of ' The Yellow Wallpaper, And Janie Crawford From Their Eyes Were Watching God

- By not adhering to societal social constructs and being an “other” in society, one’s life can change for either the better or worse. A person can be an “other” in a good way or bad way, as he/she can influence people with their differences or he/she can cause problems within the society. My life would have been significantly different if I had to live in the societies of Edna Pontellier from The Awakening, the Narrator from “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Janie Crawford from Their Eyes Were Watching God....   [tags: Marriage, Family, Gender role, Woman]

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Janie's Quest for Self Identity in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston

- In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston the author gives several examples of one’s quest for self identity.  Throughout the story Janie's quest for self identity can be clearly seen as she keeps moving from one marriage to another. As time passes her search takes several bad turns, In the end she ends up finding her true identity.  Through her marriages with Logan, Joe, and Tea Cake she figures out she should do for herself and how she should live. In the end of the story she is where she finally wants to be and where she really belongs....   [tags: marriage, belong, identity]

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Love in Their Eyes Were Watching God and The Autobiography of My Mother

- It is difficult for humans to allow life to flow without being proactive. This is especially true when it comes to love. One may try very hard to try to resist the attraction that they may feel to avoid the potential hurt that may result from being in love. In contrast, others may seek love and never find it. In the two novels, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston and The Autobiography of My Mother by Jamaica Kincaid the characters demonstrate that although one may attempt to manipulate the circumstances in which love is attained, there is no way of predicting how love will manifest itself....   [tags: Zora Hurston, Jamaica Kincaid ]

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Search for Identity in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character Janie struggles to find herself and her identity. Throughout the course of the novel she has many different people tell her who she should be and how she should behave, but none of these ideas quite fit Janie. The main people telling Janie who she should be is her grandmother and Janie’s 3 husbands. The people in Janie's life influence her search for identity by teaching her about marriage, hard work, class, society, love and happiness....   [tags: janie, jody, joe, logan]

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Stereotypes and Distorted Images in Their Eyes Were Watching God. by Janie Crawford

- ... Both her connection to the Washburn family and her biracial ethnicity isolate her from the black and white communities. African-American children mock her for her nice clothes; vulnerable and frail, Janie lets the rest of society bring her down. Nanny realizes Janie’s pain and together, they move onto their own land, on which Janie discovers her blooming pear tree. The adolescent Janie closely identifies with the growing tree from which life bursts constantly, harmoniously, and passionately....   [tags: society, marriage, relationships]

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Janie's Quest in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- ... Tea Cake loves Janie and the way he expresses this is when he says, “Put dat two hundred back wid de rest, Janie. Mah dice. Ah no need no assistance tuh help me feed mah woman. From now on, you goin tuh eat whutever man money can buy you and wear de same” (100). He does not expect much from Janie just for her to be his wife and nothing more. All these reasons explain why these three men expect things from Janie even though their motivations for doing so is completely different. Another way all three husbands are similar is when they abuse her....   [tags: expectations, marry, motives, wife]

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Dream Crushed in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- What we hope for is not always what we need. This is prevalent in the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston where the characters have his or her dream crushed for the sake of fate. This is especially true for Janie who strives throughout the novel to have her dream of “the pear tree” realized, and Hurston shows this using a variation of metaphor, imagery, and personification. Janie’s attempts at achieving her own pear tree and fails, nevertheless this is done so that she can find for herself that adventure and life experiences are more important than love alone....   [tags: metaphor, personification and imagery]

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True Love in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is a beautiful African-American woman who wants to explore and find love with a real man. She goes through a few men trying to do this, but at the same time she is unwillingly forced with these men who don’t affiliate with the love she desires. However, when Tea Cake marries Janie she gains self-determination when he expresses his love and affection to her that is qualifying factors of her love expectations. Therefore, Janie learns the value of true love and proves herself as a brave woman....   [tags: janie, tea cake, marriage]

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Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- Thus, their inability to relate to her does not come from hatred but form their upbringing or skepticism. Janie’s story (profoundly economic in emphasis, as Houston Baker has argued) focuses on three representative husbands (Newman, Oct., 2003). Although the focal point of Their Eyes Were Watching God correlates with Janie’s relationship with her three husbands and other people. It is the main and primary idea of Janie’s search for divine clarification and a strong sense of her own identity. Janie is alone as seen in the beginning and the ending of the story....   [tags: Husbands, Novel, Quest]

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Simbolism in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- Symbolism prevails in everyday life: a dove peace, the color black death, a red rose romance, and a smile friendship. But symbols fail to remain broad; they also appear unique to each individual. Janie, the main character, reveals various symbols along her growing journey to find a voice for herself. In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, symbolism emanates through Janie’s life reflecting her development. Throughout Janie’s journey she constantly struggles between freedom and control....   [tags: Janie, misery, colors]

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Janie's Three Marriages in Hurston's There Eyes Were Watching God

- The book, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is about Janie Crawford and her quest for self-independence and real love. She finds herself in three marriages, one she escapes from, and the other two end tragically. And throughout her journey, she learns a lot about love, and herself. Janie’s three marriages were all different, each one brought her in for a different reason, and each one had something different to teach her, she was forced into marrying Logan Killicks and hated it....   [tags: literary analysis, english literature essys]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Janie finds her way out when Joe Starks appears. The first thing Joe does after asking for a drink of water is to name himself: "Joe Starks was the name, yeah Joe Starks from in and through Georgy" (47). Hurston's naming of Starks is ironic for several reasons. The word stark is often used as a synonym for barren, and Joe Starks and Janie never have any children. Hurston hints at sexual problems that develop between the pair because of their separate beds and Janie's eventual verbal "castration" of Joe in the store....   [tags: American Literature]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

- From the time Janie was a child she had problems fitting in with her peers. This was partly because of her nice clothing, wonderful complexion, and long beautiful hair. Janie's grandmother encouraged her to be different from her peers. She wanted to make up for her past mistakes raising children by having Janie become the person that she never was able to be. During Janie's early childhood she plays with the grandchildren of Ms. Washburn. It isn't until Janie is six years old that she realizes that she is black and different from Ms....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Symbols of Feminine Power in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Symbols of Feminine Power in Their Eyes Were Watching God       Much evidence supports Saturday Review writer Doris Grumbach's opinion that Their Eyes Were Watching God is "the finest black novel of its time" and "one of the finest of all time" (Washington, 4). Zora Neale Hurston's text is highly regarded because of the meaning and purpose it conveys using poetic language and folkloric imagery. It is the heroic story of Janie Crawford's search for individuality, self-realization, and independence from the patriarchal forces of her time....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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A Feminist Reading of Their Eyes Were Watching God

- A Feminist Reading of Their Eyes Were Watching God      In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the reader is treated to an enthralling story of a woman’s lifelong quest for happiness and love.  Although this novel may be analyzed according to several critical lenses, I believe the perspectives afforded by French feminists Helene Cixous and Luce Irigaray have been most useful in informing my interpretation of Hurston’s book.  In “The Laugh of the Medusa,” Cixous discusses a phenomenon she calls antilove that I have found helpful in defining the social hierarchy of women and relationships between them in the novel.  In addition, Cixous addresses the idea of woman as c...   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Contrasting Native Son and Their Eyes Were Watching God

-           This paper examines the drastic differences in literary themes and styles of Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston, two African--American writers from the early 1900's. The portrayals of African-American women by each author are contrasted based on specific examples from their two most prominent novels, Native Son by Wright, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Hurston. With the intent to explain this divergence, the autobiographies of both authors (Black Boy and Dust Tracks on a Road) are also analyzed....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Theme Analysis of Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Theme Analysis of Their Eyes Were Watching God Alice Walker depicts Zora Neale Hurston's work as providing the African-American literary community with its prime symbol of "racial health - a sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings" (190). Appropriately, Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, provides an enlightening look at the journey of one of these undiminished human beings, Janie Crawford....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Black Boy and Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Black Boy and Their Eyes Were Watching God      After World War I, Harlem became known for the sudden emergence of literature, theater and music attributed to the migration of African Americans from the South and other cities. Both Zora Neal Hurston and Richard Wright emerged as writers this time, this, however, should not be the sole basis for comparison of their writing as writers themselves. Both Wright and Hurston had different agendas as writers and it is not as important to note their upbringing and backgrounds, but their audiences and the reason that drove them to write....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Question of Pure Optimism in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- The Question of Pure Optimism in Their Eyes Were Watching God In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie goes through several relationships before "[s]he pulled in her horizon like a great fish net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder" (p. 184). In other words, not all the experiences that helped her to gain control of her life were positive ones. These experiences can be put into one of four relationships: Nanny, Logan Killicks, Jody Starks, and Tea Cake....   [tags: Papers]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by, Zora Neale Hurston, was full of imagination, imagery and phrasing. Janie’s character and dialogue seemed to slip wisdom into the reader’s head without them knowing their ingesting something deep and true. The ups and downs of Janie’s life have made her a stronger person. This is shown endless times throughout the novel. I feel that this story recognizes that there are endless problems to the human condition, such as the need to possess, fear of the unknowing and stagnation....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Liberation in The Awakening and Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Liberation in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God With few exceptions, our male dominated society has traditionally feared, repressed, and stymied the growth of women. As exemplified in history, man has always enjoyed a superior position. According to Genesis in the Old Testament, the fact that man was created first has led to the perception that man should rule. However, since woman was created from man’s rib, there is a strong argument that woman was meant to work along side with man as an equal partner....   [tags: Kate Chopin Zora Neale Hurston]

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Sister Carrie and Their Eyes Were Watching God

- The Struggle for the Perfect Man in Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God When we find a love interest and have an opportunity to commit to him or her, we usually do, not noting the consequences we may face by doing so. The first few times around, however, the outcome is usually not the one we had expected and hoped for. Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God portray two young women on their trek to find the perfect love....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison]

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Zora Neale Hurston - Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Their Eyes Were Watching God It is human nature to look for happiness. Some people find it in material possessions, some find it in money, but most of us find it in love. To find true love is a difficult task especially now in the times of cell phones and Jaguars. Money and power play a big role in today’s society, and some people would rather have those things than a love of another human being. In some rare cases it is not even a person’s decision who she (almost every time it’s a woman who is being given away) will marry....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Zora Neale Hurston&#8217;s Their Eyes Were Watching God shows the life of Janie, a black woman at the turn of the century. Janie is raised by her Grandmother and spends her life traveling with different men until she finally comes home. Robert E. Hemenway says about the book, &#8220;Their Eyes Were Watching God is ... one of the most revealing treatments in modern literature of a woman&#8217;s quest for a satisfying life'; I partially disagree with Hemenway because, although Janie is on a quest, it is not for a satisfying life....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Theme of Voice in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Breaking Through In the novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God" written by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie the protagonist is seen by critics as having no voice. For all women silence knows no boundaries of race or culture, and Janie is no exception. Hurston characterizes Janie with the same silence that women at that time & period were forced into, (complete submission.) "Women were to be seen and not heard." Janie spends forty years of her life, learning to achieve/find, her voice against the over-ruling and dominate men in her life....   [tags: Literature Zora Neale Hurston]

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

- In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their eyes were watching God the main character Janie is on a quest for self-fulfillment. Of Janie’s three marriages, Logan and Joe provide her with a sense of security and status. However, only her union with Teacake flourishes into true love. Janie’s first marriage to Logan Killicks was an arranged marriage by her Grandmother Nanny. One day Nanny caught Janie kissing the neighborhood riff raff Johnny Taylor, and Nanny becomes convinced that Janie has entered her womanhood, and needs to marry....   [tags: self discovery, marriage]

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A Quest for Dependency: Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Zora Neal Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God describes the life of a black woman named Janie. Janie is raised by her grandmother and begins a close to life-long quest that can be viewed as a search for many things. Most scholars believe that this quest is for independence; on the contrary I believe that this quest is to find someone that she can be dependent on, the kind of dependency that "singing bees" have for pear blossoms. The first man that Janie is dependent on is Logan Killicks. Her marriage to Logan was partially arranged by her grandmother, Nanny....   [tags: American Literature]

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Following Janie's Developement in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- People grow and develop at different rates. The factors that heavily influence a person's growth are heredity and environment. The people you meet and the experiences you have are very important in what makes a person who he/she is. Janie develops as a woman with the three marriages she has. In each marriage she learns precious lessons, has increasingly better relationships, and realizes how a person is to live his/her life. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie's marriages to Logan Killicks, Jody Starks, and Tea Cake are the most vital elements in her growth as a woman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Three Features of "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

- Every novel has a protagonist and an antagonist of the story. There has to be a "good guy" and "bad guy" in order for there to be some sort of an interesting plot. In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, my most and least favorite characters happen to be the protagonist, Janie, and the antagonist, Jody Starks. There are many things that symbolize these characters that are both comparable and contradictory of my personality. Symbols, objects or characters that are used to represent abstract ideas or concepts, play a major role in this novel....   [tags: American Literature]

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Janie's Wardrobe in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie goes through several marriages in her journey to seek love. As Janie's husbands change so does her wardrobe. Janie's different marriages are symbolized by her very different wardrobes. Janie's first marriage was to Logan Killicks when she was just a young girl at the age of seventeen. Janie?s wardrobe mainly consisted of aprons and work clothes. Logan was very demanding and controlling over Janie, he made her work in the field and cook all day. Most of her time was spent cooking and she almost always wore her apron....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Jamie's Quest in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- One of the most prevalent themes in, "Their eyes were watching God" is Jamie’s undivided quest for love and independence. Jamie has a goal throughout the novel to find spiritual enlightenment and reach the "horizon". She went through several relationships and chimerical thoughts to do this, through her grandmother nanny and her three husbands. However, her third husband, tea cake plays a less substantial role in the novel but a significant role in Jamie quest to reach her dream of love, independency and security within herself....   [tags: Zora Neale Hurston]

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Janie's Marriages in Their Eyes Were Watching God

- Janie's Marriages In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Lora Neale Hurston, the main character engages in three marriages that lead her towards a development of self. Through each endeavor, Janie learns the truths of life, love, and the path to finding her identity. Though suppressed because of her race and gender, Janie has a strong will to live her life the way she wills. But throughout her life, she encounters many people who attempt to change the way that she is and her beliefs. Each marriage that she undertakes, she finds a new realization and is on a never-ending quest to find her identity and true love....   [tags: Lora Neale Hurston]

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