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  • Black Boy And Their Eyes Were Watching God - 1,878 words
    Black Boy And Their Eyes Were Watching God I. Abstract This paper examines the drastic differences in literary themes and styles of Richard Wright and Zora Neale Hurston, two African--American writers from the early 1900's. The portrayals of African-American women by each author are contrasted based on specific examples from their two most prominent novels, Native Son by Wright, and Their Eves Were Watching God by Hurston. With the intent to explain this divergence, the autobiographies of both authors (Black Boy and Dust Tracks on a Road) are also analyzed. Particular examples from the lives of each author are cited to demonstrate the contrasting lifestyles and experiences that created these ...
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  • Repression Of Nanny's Death In Their Eyes Were Watching God - 397 words
    Repression of Nanny's Death in Their Eyes Were Watching God L.R.G. Why did Zora Neale Hurston choose to move away from the subject of Nanny's death so quickly in Their Eyes Were Watching God? For one, she did it to refrain from revealing any weaknesses in Janie's character. The book as a whole seems to empower women, especially Janie, the main character. Portraying Janie in mourning, weeping, or being depressed over her grandmother's death would surely not embody this powerful, independent version of a woman. Instead, it would show that she is weak and emotional in troubled times and this would make her the stereotypical woman. Hurston was not trying to portray a stereotypical woman in her n ...
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  • The Question Of Pure Optimism In Their Eyes Were Watching God - 1,180 words
    The Question Of Pure Optimism In Their Eyes Were Watching God In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie goes through several relationships before [s]he pulled in her horizon like a great fish net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder (p. 184). In other words, not all the experiences that helped her to gain control of her life were positive ones. These experiences can be put into one of four relationships: Nanny, Logan Killicks, Jody Starks, and Tea Cake. No doubt that Nanny loved Janie a great deal, and naturally she wanted her granddaughter to have security beyond an old woman who would inevitably die. She also wanted more opportunities for Janie than she ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 1,444 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God The novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" contains beautiful imagery that conveys the thoughts of the author towards the antagonist of this story, Janie Crawford. Through her four distinct lives as Janie Crawford, Janie Killicks, Janie Starks, and Janie Woods she realizes that each day the sun rises a new change is apparent in her life. The experience of each distinct life makes her realize more about herself than she ever knew before. She comes to a self-revelation about herself. Even though it takes her the entire novel to realize her sexual awakening from the blossoming pear tree to experience unadulterated love, she does so as the sun falls and rises past the ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 992 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God Unlike The Odyssey or any other epic tales, Their Eyes Were Watching God has a different perspective of what a hero is. In this novel, Hurston writes a story about an African-American woman named Janie Crawford whose quest is to find her identity and desire as a human being to be loved and appreciated for who she is. Her quest to fulfill those desires is not easy since she has to overcome so many obstacles and challenges in her life. A superiority that her Nanny posses over her to determine Janies own life when she was a teenager and being a beautiful accessory to the glory of Joe Starks are some of the experience that she encounters. She also has to make some sa ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 1,949 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God Neale Hurston's work provides the African-American community with a one of the first literary symbols of racial health - a sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings. Appropriately, Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, provides an enlightening look at the journey of one of these undiminished human beings, Janie Crawford. Janie's story - based on principles of self-exploration, self-empowerment, and self-liberation - details her loss and subsequent attainment of her independence of her own reality, as she constantly learns and grows from her difficult experiences with gender issues and racism in Their Eyes Were Watc ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 856 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God This novel, while poetically conveying a black woman's pursuit of true love, seriously addresses society's ability to be judgmental and oppressive. Gender, race, economic security, and social stratification share equally important roles in the development of the main character, Janie. Hurston vividly describes how each qualification specifically affects the character, although the racial implications are much more subtle. This subtlety allows the reader to mistakenly perceive indifferent or positive feelings towards the novels black community. Hurston initially establishes the ideal unimportance of race by using Janie's innocent childhood memory. Janie painfully ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 1,377 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie battles to find Individualism within herself. Janie, all her life, had been pushed around and told what to do and how to live her life. She searched and searched high and low to find a peace that makes her whole and makes her feel like a complete person. To make her feel like she is in fact an individual and that shes not like everyone else around her. During the time of Their Eyes, the correct way to treat women was to show them who was in charge and who was inferior. Men were looked to as the superior being, the one who women were supposed to look up to and serve. Especially in the fact that Janie was an African American w ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 762 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God How far can you see? Way, way off in the distance? But there is one sight always at the end of your vision: the horizon. Doesnt matter how far North, South, East, or West you go you are never going to get past the horizon. In the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, a lady named Janie searches for self and her place in the world. Throughout the book the concept of the horizon comes up, both figuratively and metaphorically. The horizon represents the ultimate goal, never to be reached, it contains everything we ever wanted, only some of which we can receive. The horizon symbolizes what people want and the ships on it symbolize our individual h ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 850 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God How is love to influence our lives? Love-struck people do crazy things to express how they care for that particular person yet it is a long and windy road to these actions. It is down this path that experience spawns and trouble and happiness are felt. Janie Crawford of Zora Neale Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God, shows the road through the steps of her three relationships. These relationships, though not fulfilling ones, conclude in bettering Janies search and understanding of life. Johnny Taylor, Janies first kiss and gatekeeper to her future, When Janie was sixteen, she embarked on a sexual awakening. Johnny Taylor was a poor young man who lived in the Fl ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 946 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston tells the inspiring story of Janie Crawford. Janie is an African-American woman raised in rural west Florida by her ex-slave grandmother. Throughout the novel, Zora Hurston transforms the reader into a participant in Janies life. She brings the harsh realities and joys that Janie experiences to life by telling the stories of Janies three marriages, and then the ultimate realization that she discovers at the end of the novel. I feel that Janie matures into a complete being through her three marriages. Her first marriage to Logan Killicks demonstrates her immaturity as a sixteen yea ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston - 1,510 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston "I am Me, My Eyes Toward God" Zora Neale Hurston an early twentieth century Afro-American feminist author, was raised in a predominately black community which gave her an unique perspective on race relations, evident in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston drew on her on experiences as a feminist Afro-American female to create a story about the magical transformation of Janie, from a young unconfident girl to a thriving woman. Janie experiences many things that make her a compelling character who takes readers along as her companion, on her voyage to discover the mysteries and rewards life has to offer. Zora Neale Hurston was, th ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Finding The Woman In Janie - 907 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God - Finding the Woman in Janie People grow and develop at different rates. The factors that heavily influence a person's development seem like heredity and environment. Genetics can play a key role in what kind of person one becomes. Environment seems like the factor that most often and influentially affects a person's development. The people one meets and the experiences one has seem very important in what makes a person who he or she is. Janie develops as a woman with the three marriages she has. In each marriage she learns valuable lessons, has progressively better relationships, and realizes how a person is to live his or her life. In Their Eyes Were Watching G ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper - 1,515 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" Research Paper "I am Me, My Eyes Toward God" Mark Evans Zora Neale Hurston an early twentieth century Afro-American feminist author, was raised in a predominately black community which gave her an unique perspective on race relations, evident in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston drew on her on experiences as a feminist Afro-American female to create a story about the magical transformation of Janie, from a young unconfident girl to a thriving woman. Janie experiences many things that make her a compelling character who takes readers along ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Research Paper - 1,575 words
    ... nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feeling are all hurt about it.... No, I do not weep at the world- I am to busy sharpening my oyster knife (Discovering Authors, 4). Hurston showed her true opinions on race relations in her autobiography Dust Tracks on the Road when she declared black artists should celebrate the positive aspects of black American Negrohood. And that is exactly what Hurston did through her innovative characters in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Janie is raised by her grandmother. Grandmother sets Janie up for her journey of self-discovery. Janie's grandmother set her goal for Janie's life by saying, "Ah wanted you to look upon yo' self. Ah don't ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 476 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God, (1937) presents strong evidence of love as a symbol of a true friendship that lasts forever. When Tea Cake comes home with his hard earned money, he says to Janie What Ah tell yuh Ahm gointuh bring it, Ah dont lie.(122) Tea Cake is straight forward with Janie thats one of the things that Janie admires about him. Unlike, her other husbands, Logan, and Joe, who controlled her on one way or the other. Because they have the trust they can rely on one another anytime. Tea Cake gives Janie whatever he can offer. From now on, you gointuh eat wahutever mah money can buy and wear de same. When Ah aint got nothin you dont git nothin.(122) Tea ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 1,138 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God This paper will tell the reader about all aspects of the numerous problems that are presented in Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God. It will deal with all of the numerous problems that were experienced in the rough time that the book was written in. Also, it will deal with how these problems are still involved in todays society. While many of the problems will never go away, some have already, and some will go away in hopefully the near future. There were many problems and issues that Zora Neale Hurston brought up in this novel, and she did this mostly through the recollection of the main character, Janie Crawford. While this story deals mainly with Janies li ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 1,108 words
    ... xpected. This along with several other passages from the novel, such as the following quote spoken by Janie to Pheoby: "It's uh known fact, Pheoby, you got tuh go there tuh know there. Two things everybody's got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves (sic)" (183) show that religion was a big problem of the time. It is felt that everyone had not only the right, but also the responsibility to find their God and to worship him if they wanted a chance at survival. Many of those problems that were apparent in Their Eyes Were Watching God are still apparent today. Some of the problems have been corrected. Some of the problems have ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God - 790 words
    Their Eyes Were Watching God The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by, Zora Neale Hurston, was full of imagination, imagery and phrasing. Janies character and dialogue seemed to slip wisdom into the readers head without them knowing their ingesting something deep and true. The ups and downs of Janies life have made her a stronger person. This is shown endless times throughout the novel. I feel that this story recognizes that there are endless problems to the human condition, such as the need to possess, fear of the unknowing and stagnation. However, the story does not give a feeling of hopelessness. Through Janies character, Ms. Hurston extends a recognition and understanding of ...
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  • Awakening Eyes - 1,737 words
    Awakening Eyes Awakening Eyes With few exceptions, our male dominated society has traditionally feared, repressed, and stymied the growth of women. As exemplified in history, man has always enjoyed a superior position. According to Genesis in the Old Testament, the fact that man was created first has led to the perception that man should rule. However, since woman was created from man's rib, there is a strong argument that woman was meant to work along side with man as an equal partner. As James Weldon Johnson's poem, "Behold de Rib," clearly illustrates, if God had intended for woman to be dominated, then she would have been created from a bone in the foot, but "he took de bone out of his s ...
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