Character Analysis: Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Prompt: How does the possession of an object reveal certain characteristics that an individual carries ? Growing up, many children attach themselves to an object such as a blanket or a stuffed animal. These objects give the child comfort and serenity when in an environment in to which he or she is not accustomed. Author’s use rhetorical devices such as figurative language and symbols in order to help reveal certain characteristics pertaining to one’s identity. An author’s metaphors demonstrate how the clothes an individual wears are used to disguise the fears an individual carries. Ta-Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me, is a personal literacy that Coates writes for his nephew, Somari. This book was intended to discuss physical safety…show more content…
Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, portrays the story of young woman named Janie struggling with relationships that become crucial to the way she chooses to identify herself. Janie goes through the constant struggle of being controlled by others and allowing others to dominate her identity rather than her owning herself. When she marries her second husband, Jody, he forces her to wear a handkerchief around her head in public because he declares her to be his property and is scared that her beauty will attract other men. However, when Jody gets ill and dies, Janie is placed into a predicament and finds herself face to face with the pain caused by her relationship. Hurston describes the transition Janie makes from being identified by others to recognizing her self worth. “The young girl was gone, but a handsome woman had taken her place. She tore off the her handkerchief from her head and let down her plentiful hair. The weight, the length, the glory was there” (Hurston 170). The author uses the handkerchief to symbolize how people and objects have constantly covered and concealed the true beauty that Janie has never been able to embrace. Hurston’s metaphors help the reader to understand the great deal of oppression that the handkerchief symbolizes. The author’s metaphors such as “girl was gone”, “woman had taken her place”, and “the glory was there” emphasize that Janie is able to reveal her true beauty in overcoming her struggles. The author implies that by Janie uncovering her hair, she is revealing the constant shadow that has prevented her from her self-examination and in finding her true identity. The author’s metaphors are used to help the reader understand that the moment for an individual to overcome a struggle is profoundly beautiful and
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