Were Watching God Theme

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The movie and book of Their Eyes Were Watching God are very different when it comes to theme. In the book, the idea of community,being african american and coming of age where the main two themes. Where as the theme of the movie was love. First of all, the movie was over sexualized to make sure that the film would sell. Second, the movie did not include that janie had to go through the struggle of being african american and a female. And finally, the move doesn't really express the importance of community that the book did.
The movie Their Eyes Were Watching God was over sexualized the director used Janie's good looks and very intimate scenes to make the movie more marketable. Zora Neale Hurston describes Janie as having “firm buttocks like
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After their encounter, her grandmother holds Janie for a few moments. The two don’t exchange any words, but the director hints at a strong connection between the characters. In the book, after Janie is slapped, Janie’s grandmother embraces her and “stood there suffering and loving and weeping internally for the both of them”(page 9). The film leaves out important dialogue between the two characters that relates more to the true meaning of the story. In the book, after the two embrace, the grandmother tells Janie to “Sit in her lap lak used ta”( page 20 ) This shows the closeness and care that Janie’s grandmother had for Janie from the time she was born. Because, Janie’s mother wasn’t in her life, so in turn Janie’s grandmother assumed the role of bringing up her…show more content…
They mock the mule for fun, and Janie mutters her disapproval of their cruel behavior. She failed to realise Jody was standing nearby and heard her complaint. In chapter 6 He buys the mule for five dollars so that the exhausted overworked animal can rest for once in his life. Everyone considers since Jody owns the mule it is very noble animal, comparing it to Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation of northern slaves. The animal becomes a source of pride for the town and the subject of even more tall tales. After it dies, Jody convenes a mock funeral, which becomes a festive event for the entire town. this obviously shows that the mule brought the town together to celebrate the life of the mule. The movie totally rejects this part of the story due to how it would take away from the theme of the movie. Due to to the fact that most of the movie is surrounded arounded love and intimacy this part would confuse viewers and would cause them to not be able to understand the movie. overall, The movie and book of Their Eyes Were Watching God are very different when it comes to theme. Due to the idea of community, being african american and coming of age where the main themes. Where as the theme of the movie was love. Due to how the movie was over
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