In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Ms.Turner is a secretive lady who has very strong opinions towards Blacks, and is seen to be fairly racist in those opinions. “You’se different from me. Ah can’t stand black niggers … Dey laughs too much and dey laughs too loud. Always singin’ ol’ nigger songs!
Contemporary Black Biography). Hurston, like many writers, had struggled with her work. The subjects she wrote about were great, but she struggled to put them into words so the readers would understand what she was trying to get across to them about the black community and the struggles of being a woman during that time period. She would take long periods of time just sitting in her bedroom planning to figuring out the words to write with. She even did it when she was at parties.
The blacks did not receive the same luxuries as the whites did. For instance, the colored received less than stellar entertainment where as the whites were able to get anything they wanted, “There, instead of houses and trees, there were fishing wharves, boat docks, nightclubs, and restaurants for whites. There were one or two nightclubs for colored, but they were not very good” (Gaines 25). It was unjust to the blacks that they could not enjoy themselves as much as the whites because of their skin color.
Hurston tells the story of Janie, a black woman who because of her grandmother experiences and beliefs was forced to marry into a loveless marriage with Logan Killicks, a hard-working farmer who had 60 acres of land and could provide for Janie. This marriage ended when Janie ran away with Joe Stark, a man that she fell in love with and thought could give her the love absent between her and Logan. But Janie soon realized that her second marriage wouldn’t turn out better than her first. Joe was just as controlling and degrading as Logan. He hardly expressed his love for Janie and spoke to her like an incompetent child.
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Hurston, Janie’s story reflects the beliefs of the Harlem Renaissance by showing the theme of pride, and disappointment. In the Harlem Renaissance one of the main themes of the African American’s art was pride, and to fight on gaining progress even though thee African Americans were an oppressed race in America. After Janie's kiss grandma had this to say, “Yeah, Janie, youse got yo’ womanhood on yuh.” This is an example of how grandma wants Janie to grow up and become a respectable black woman with pride. Also, this novel shows the theme of disappointment.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), Zora Neale Hurston quotes: “She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman” (Hurston 104). Literature, in Hurston’s view, serves as a form of didacticism that helps readers learn life lessons. Furthermore, Hurston expresses her views of literature in her manifesto “The Characteristics of Negro Expression,” which primarily expresses her views on the function of literature. In “The Characteristics of Negro Expression,” Hurston emphasizes reasons for African-American writing.
Zora Neale Hurston’s writing in Their Eyes Were Watching God, reflects the Harlem Renaissance through Janie 's individuality, and departs from the Harlem Renaissance with the common recurrence of black woman empowerment. In the novel, Hurston reflects the ideas of the Harlem renaissance with the ways in which Janie rebels and goes against norms for women.
In this book, Hurston uses symbolism to illustrate that contentment is more meaningful than fitting into society. Janie’s hair plays a big role in this book. It brings out her power and unique identity, but Jody takes that away from Janie. Jody sees that Janie’s hair attracts some of the townspeople, so he makes Janie wrap her hair and hide it.”
Another example is when Mrs. Dubose was saying mean thing about negroes and Atticus. “ ‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for!’” (Lee 135). Although there are more examples of racism, these are just some of them.
As Maria Tai Wolff says “for telling to be successful, it must become a presentation of sights with words. The best talkers are “big picture talkers”. For Hurston, the construction of African American identity requires a voice that can make you see, a voice that celebrates the visible presence of black bodies.
er Awad Professor Muse SCMA 323: Business Law November 16, 2016 Brown vs. Board of Education: School Desegregation Brown vs Board of Education was one of the biggest cases ever brought upon the Supreme Court and on May 17, 1954, it was unanimously ruled that the segregation of races within public schools was unconstitutional. In fact, at the time of the case, over thirty three percent of public schools were lawfully segregated by race and the court had to decide between the racism within the United States. Dating back to the Civil War time, the United States declared its independence from England with a document known as the Deceleration of Independence; in this document it is stated “all men are created equal,” and this was definitely not
Long ago, racism was very common in the United States. In Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt, Turner Buckminster, and Lizzie Bright have to endure a racist town against Negros. Turner and Lizzie are both hated by the town, nevertheless, Turner's and Lizzie's understanding of racism is completely different. Turner and Lizzie are both hated by the town for certain reasons. For example, when Mr. Stonecrop asked if Turner to sell Mrs. Cobb's house and Turner refused, Mr. Stonecrop says,"You'll regret living in a town where no one wants you."
It was controversial because most of the black writers have gained an immense amount popularity due to their exquisite and unique writing styles that were being accepted by the literary world. Hurston’s writing was bold due to her ability to take the way southern black folk spoke and actually incorporate it into the dialogue of the main characters or well throughout the entire short story. For example, in the beginning of the story she writes a line for Missie May, “Who at chuckin’ money in mah do’way?” we pick up on all the grammatical errors but that is what makes the story brilliant, she doesn’t care about writing properly, she wants to write they way she wants to. In my opinion, the only way to fully understand, capture, and be a part of the story is by reading and adopting the text as if one was in the south during the 1930’s and spoke in that southern dialect and accent.