Zora Neal Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
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This paper evaluates the feministy maturation of the character Janie in Zora Neale Hurston's, "Their Eyes were Watching God". The author analyzes the male relationships in the main character's life that help Janie grow a stronger sense of female identity. In the conclusion of the paper, the author explains how the novel provides a gender construct that defines the abusive male relationships the character goes through for her personal growth as a woman.
From the Paper:"This literary study will analyze the male relationships in Janie's life that help her to grow a stronger sense of female identity in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Janie slowly becomes more mature in her view of men, as often-abusive marriages tend to teach her the nature male aggression, which has been brought down to her through her familial relatives. In essence, Janie learns to discover and mature an independent feminist identity that is the result of multiple abusive male relationships in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
"Janie Crawford is a woman that begins her young adult life by being coerced into marrying a powerful man, Logan Killicks. Nanny is responsible for her being pressured into becoming involved with this man, as she does not wish Janie to suffer under the same conditions she had undergone as a slave. Hurston defines Nanny as an important figure that was raped by a white plantation owner, and now wishes her granddaughter to avoid this tragically horrific life. However, Logan soon turns to physical abuse, as Janie quickly becomes a mere object in his rise up the economic ladder. This misogynist objectivity makes Janie a servant, much as Nanny was as a slave to her white master. When Logan turns to hitting Janie, it is Joe Starks that recognizes (at this point in the novel) her beauty and individuality, providing an important incentive for Janie to leave Logan:"
Sample of Sources Used:
- Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper, 1998.
Cite this Book Review:
Zora Neal Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (2008, March 27) Retrieved May 25, 2019, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/zora-neal-hurston-their-eyes-were-watching-god-102570/
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