In The Eyes are Watching God, the author Zora Neale Hurston expresses the struggles of women and black societies of the time period. When Hurston published the book, communities were segregated and black communities were full of stereotypes from the outside world. Janie, who represents the main protagonist and hero, explores these communities on her journey in the novel. Janie shows the ideals of feminism, love, and heroism in her rough life in The Eyes. Janie, as the hero of the novel, shows the heroic qualities of determination, empathy, and bravery.
During Janie's first marriage, she outwardly conforms to the societal view of marriage, and the domestic wife, while inwardly questioning if she can learn to disregard her true
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie suffers from hardship in two relationships before she can find her true love. Janie explains to her best friend, Pheoby, how she searches for love. Therefore Pheoby wants to hear the true story, rather than listening to the porch sitters. Throughout the book Janie experiences different types of love with three different men; Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Vergible "Tea Cake" Woods.
In Their Eyes were Watching God, Janie’s hair is described ad nauseum; in fact, it is described so often that one cannot help but notice its importance to the text as a whole. The author uses Janie’s hair to demonstrate Janie as an independent woman. To Janie, her hair is one of her defining features, and it becomes a surrogate for her identity. While Janie works inside her and Jody’s store, Jody forces her to wrap up her hair in a head-rag. To Janie, the “business of the head-rag irked her endlessly”, even though she did not want it wrapped up, Jody did. He was jealous of the looks the other men gave her because “she was there fin the store for him to look at,” On one hand, Janie is “irked” by Jody’s request. As a woman who wants to be her
Janie’s skin color is lighter than most of the people in the book. Her mother was half white and half black and was raped by a caucasian man which created Janie. Janie had light skin, her light skin gave her many advantages such as more opportunities, people treating Janie kindly and also being more respected. Janie was treated differently by most of the people in her life such as Mrs. Turner. Mrs. Turner is a light skinned woman that was married to a dark skinned man.
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, we follow our protagonist, Janie, through a journey of self-discovery. We watch Janie from when she was a child to her adulthood, slowly watching her ideals change while other dreams of hers unfortunately die. This is shown when Jane first formulates her idea of love, marriage, and intimacy by comparing it to a pear tree; erotic, beautiful, and full of life. After Janie gets married to her first spouse, Logan Killicks, she doesn’t see her love fantasy happening, but she waits because her Nanny tells her that love comes after marriage. Janie, thinking that Nanny is wise beyond her years, decides to wait. But, as Logan continues to snap at Janie day to day, she becomes even more uninterested. While avoiding Logan, sitting under a tree, Janie comes to a realization; “She knew that marriage did
Today is a time of equal opportunity and astonishing miracles for the human race as an entirety. Blacks are running the country, and women are discovering the unthinkable. The earth is billions of years old, yet just about one hundred years ago, it was a completely different world. Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel by Zora Neale Hurston in which a character Janie yearns to find love in a time of harsh discrimination and violence. In this bitter setting, it seems that the hardest thing for Janie is to find that love. Hurston reflects the struggle of black women in the early 1900s America. However this author's purpose was to describe how in these times anger and societies denial were the recipe for strength and revival. Hurston uses religious allusions, swaying psychological perspectives, and crude gender roles to relocate the readers from our modern day lives to inside Janie’s consciousness and how a black woman overcame and shattered societal expectations.
Today you will be retracing the steps of the character Janie Crawford from the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Throughout the class period you will be traveling to all the places she lived during the book and get a glimpse into her journey of self-discovery. The first place to visit is where Janie grows up, West Florida. To get to West Florida, go out of the classroom, turn left out of the classroom and go through the doors. Once outside turn right and look for a tree that contains the directions to get to the next city.
In like manner, the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston can be closely associated with Mr. Foster’s “quest formula”. The novel revolves around a main character named Janie who, since a young girl, has always wanted to find true love after witnessing a bee pollinating a pear tree. With only her grandmother as her family, she married twice, Logan Killicks and Joe Starks, before she found a man that made her happy. During unexpected circumstances, Janie had to kill Tea Cake and return to her previous home, where she rationalizes that Tea Cake gave her what she wanted the most, freedom and free will, and finally finds her peace of mind.
Throughout Janie's life, she was told what to pertaining to her body and decisions. People around her in Eatonville criticized many of her choices, especially her deciding to live with Tea Cake. This decision, caused a whirlwind of events that start with Janie realizing that she could make her own choices, and that her life didn't belong to anyone else. She journeys from being an object to a respected person, and it all begins--and ends-- in Eatonville.
Janie’s first marriage is one she is forced into for stability, at at this time she has not discovered who she is or what she wanted from a marriage. Janie marries Logan Killicks she is still a teenager. Nanny forces Janie to marry Logan because the amount of land that Logan had, which would provide Janie with stability . Janie is an orphan who lives with her elderly grandmother. During this time in america , women needed marriage to be stable because they were not able to work. After being married for a while , Janie asks her grandmother love. Her grandmother does not understand. She tells Janie “ If you don’t want him , you shoot. Heah you is wid de onliest organ in town, amongst colored folk, in yo ‘ parlor. Got a house bought and paid
Zora Neale Hurston, an author during the Harlem Renaissance, wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God, an amazing novel written about the losses and loves of a lady named Janie Crawford. The author describes the way Janie found out who she really was and what love was throughout her three marriages. Janie’s first two marriages were unfulfilling and not healthy for herself. Janie realized what true love was when she met Tea Cake.
In a society defined by artificial hierarchies and man-made laws, Janie, in the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, struggles to identify the true God amidst many impersonators. Janie first discovers her God in the pear tree blossoming in her backyard. She learns of the bliss of nature; a nature unburdened with societal hierarchies and without a script from which to read. The pear tree is the first glimpse of the all natural, raw God that Janie embraces. Her disregard for societal norms becomes evident in the fact that Janie thought that “[she] wuz just like the rest” (9) of her master’s children and did not realize, until later in her life, that her skin tone was different. Nanny first tries to circumvent this God by arranging
After Janie’s grandmother sees Janie kissing a local boy named Johnny Taylor, she makes it her duty to find a husband who can provide protection for Janie. She forces Janie to marry Logan Killicks. Logan is a great husband in Nanny’s eyes. He has sixty acres of land and a mule. Nanny believes he can provide for Janie. When Janie objects to marrying Logan, Nanny responds, “‘Tain’t Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have, baby, it’s protection’” (15). She admits that she is getting old and may not be there for Janie one day. Logan seems like the perfect man to do that. Janie does not want protection, but love. She does not really know what love is or where it comes from. So, she takes a very innocent view on it. Janie believes, “She would love Logan after they were married” (21). After marrying Logan, Janie does
In chapter 3 It talks about the relationship between Janie and Logan. I feel bad for Janie because she was forced to marry a guy she never liked. The wedding was huge and beautiful. Two months later Janie visits Nanny to ask for advice. Janie is scared that she will