Self-hood and Identity in "Their Eyes Were Watching God" Analytical Essay by Peter Pen

Self-hood and Identity in "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
A look at the themes of self-hood and identity in Hurston's novel about a young black woman.
# 59254 | 2,638 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2005
Published on Jun 10, 2005 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper explains how Hurston, by making use of the first person narrative, is able to establish the main protagonist's voice, her strength and independence, and her search for love. The paper further explains that "Their Eyes Were Watching God" is about a young woman who is in pursuit of her own identity while embracing her blackness.

From the Paper:

"The second section of the book also includes Janie's transition from one marriage to another. Logan had stopped talking to her in rhymes which was tantamount to him not loving her. He also stopped looking at her hair, a symbol of who Janie was, and this indicates his lack of interest in her as well. Janie met Joe Starks and he seemed to be everything she had dreamed of. Joe reminded Janie that she was young and beautiful. He also impressed her with his big thinking whereas Logan only thought in terms of his 60 acres of land. Janie said to Logan, "You don't take nothin' to count but sow-belly and corn bread," illustrating her discontent with his lack of vision of the horizon (30). She ran out to the gate to meet Joe in hopes that he would be the "bee for her bloom"(32). However, Joe didn't represent "sun-up and pollen and blooming trees" which were important things to Janie as they represent true love."

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