Z. N. Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
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This paper first explains that, in "Their Eyes Were Watching God", Zora Neale Hurston leads the reader on a journey of Janie's life through her experiences, thoughts and feelings. Next the author describes this journey, and Janie's "conscious life", which begins under a pear tree, a symbol throughout the book of Janie's yearning to discover her identity and connection with God and of the embodiment of which is in the men she marries. The paper concludes that this book, with its themes of God and self is relevant to everyone, not just women but also men, which makes it a truly exceptional piece of literature.
From the Paper:"As Jody and Janie's relationship further develops, Joe increasingly diverges from a Creator and moves toward a white, patriarchal God of Judgment. He is controlling towards Janie, keeping her from self discovery by taking away her voice. He keeps her from making a speech to the townspeople, not "giving her a chance to say anything one way or another that took the bloom off of things." He acts as a white slave owner, with the townspeople, including Janie, as his slaves. His house "had two stories with porches, with banisters and such things.""
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Z. N. Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (2010, June 08) Retrieved December 02, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/z-n-hurston-their-eyes-were-watching-god-120263/
"Z. N. Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"" 08 June 2010. Web. 02 December. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/book-review/z-n-hurston-their-eyes-were-watching-god-120263/>