Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
A paper examining the character Janie from "Their Eyes Were Watching God."
# 73008 | 675 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Dec 01, 2004 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Gender) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies) , Women Studies (General) , Literature (General) , African-American Studies (General)
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This paper is an examination of the main character, Janie, from "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Nora Neale Hurston that illustrates the struggle of African-American women to achieve their own identity and expression symbolically through the act of self-naming.
From the Paper:"Killens and Ward describe Zora Neale Hurston as one of the most important literary figures of the Harlem Renaissance. King maintains that Hurston represented a pioneer in the attempt to define the totality of Afro-American women in literature and anthropological studies. The aspect of naming is critical to Hurston's literary output - a symbol of the struggle of African-Americans to affirm an individual identity that is free, autonomous, independent and strong. African-American women's oppression at the hands of dominant white society and patriarchal..."
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