Thus, except for one brief reference to church in Chapter 12, organized religion never appears in the novel. Finding the small town residents unambitious, Starks arranges to buy more land, establishes a general store which he has built by local residents, and is soon elected as mayor of the town.
Throughout this marriage Janie as though she was losing more and more of her identity and freedom in this marriage. Instead, Hurston introduces a third way of achieving self-autonomy through Tea Cake. Logan Killicks, and she was somewhat obligated to do what he wanted.
Both men want her to be domesticated and silent. Starks hits her as hard as he can. Janie speaks to Nanny about how she feels, but Nanny, too, accuses her of being spoiled. Later in her life, Janie is able to sit on her own porch and chat just like the men.
For both Jody and Tea Cake, the natural world reveals the limits of human power. In these moments, we see that racism in the novel operates as a cultural construct, a free-floating force that affects not only how white characters treat black characters, but also how black characters perceive themselves.
After Janie marries Joe, she discovers that he is not the person she thought he was. Gender Roles[ edit ] The novel explores traditional gender roles and the relationship between men and women.
Joe models the path advocated by Du Bois, which is one of assertion of dignity and less compromise. This outlook is particularly evident in the mystical way that Hurston describes nature. Hurston represented the different ideologies of Booker T. Joe expected her stay in the home, work in the kitchen, and when she was in public, Janie was expected to cover her hair and avoid conversation with the locals.
The story ends where it started, and Janie finishes telling her story to Pheoby.
He was just what Janie had wanted. While Janie was growing up she played with the white children. In terms of both the form of the novel and its thematic content, Hurston places great emphasis on the control of language as the source of identity and empowerment.
Soon afterward, Nanny dies. He represents an independence from reliance on communal validation, and instead serves as a mirror for Janie to discover her narrative power. Janie finds her independence as a woman after the death of Tea Cake. Janie views fulfilling relationships as reciprocal and based on mutual respect, as demonstrated in her relationship with Tea Cake, which elevates Janie into an equality noticeably absent from her marriages to Logan and Jody.
Although race is a significant motif in the book, it is not, by any means, a central theme. Rather than acting submissive to Jody, Janie for a brief moment contends with Jody by telling him how men misunderstand women. In this marriage Janie resisted.
Nanny escaped from her jealous mistress and found a good home after the end of the American Civil War.A summary of Themes in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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Perfect for acing essays, tests. Julie A Haurykiewicz, Maria J. Racine, and Deborah Clarke are three literary critics who have commented on Hurston’s use of voice in Their Eyes Were Watching God.
These three critics examined the theme, setting, symbolism, characterization, style, and form of Hurston’s work to illustrate their argument. The Symbolism of Janie's Hair in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God Words Feb 24th, 3 Pages Throughout the book, Janie’s life experiences serve as a metaphor for the historical struggle of both women and Black Americans to achieve equal rights, and various symbols throughout the book are significant in this.
With haunting sympathy and piercing immediacy, Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie Crawford’s evolving selfhood through three marriages. Light-skinned, long-haired, dreamy as a child, Janie grows up expecting better treatment than she gets until she meets Tea Cake, a younger man who engages her heart and spirit in equal.
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel and the best known work by African-American writer Zora Neale mi-centre.com novel narrates main character Janie Crawford's "ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.".
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God () is the coming-of-age story of Janie Crawford, an African American woman growing up in Eatonville, Florida—one of the first incorporated African American towns in the United States.
Hurston wrote the novel during a critical moment for African American writers.Download