Frederick Douglass And Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis

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Desires and wishes, they are impalpable aspirations that are often sought after. They are at the expense of going through various tribulations, in order to inevitably reach some sort of a cathartic state or have that experience. Therefore, it plays a vital role in each of the characters’ development over the course of each of the literary works, from the beginning to the conclusion. In The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, an autobiography, and in Their Eyes Were Watching God, a novel by Zora Neale Hurston, each protagonist, Douglass myself and Janie respectively, both were able to acquire the physical and spiritual emancipations that they really needed in their lives by the end of each book. However, in order for this …show more content…

Such as, the fact that Douglass was a slave, meant he was treated solely as owned property and his basic human rights were deprived from him. Additionally, that delayed him from receiving education for the time he was held captive. Therefore, it goes to show that knowledge is power and he was at a disadvantage because of that, which meant that he got out of slavery later on to advance. Additionally, Covey rented him for a year, he made him perform rigorous labor while whipping him to the point that he was soulless basically. As a result, he altered and fought back which would make Covey never to dare make contact him ever again. However, Janie is an African-American woman that has an overprotective grandmother, who insists that her granddaughter gets married pronto. Nonetheless, in the long run, she realizes that love she can turn and change when it is compared to the start of each of her relationships. Noticeably, when she is with Jody, a mayor of Eatonville, instead of providing her with protection after being married for nearly twenty years, he violently assaults her. Additionally, after she gets remarried to Tea Cakes, she is faced with the fact that he got rabies and has become paranoiac as he thinks that Janie is unfaithful, causing him to threaten her existence with a gun, eventually making her to kill her to save her own life. As a result, by escaping men, …show more content…

For example, in general people always have thought of slavery happening ever since the beginning of mankind. Therefore, the colonists thought that they were superior and also thought they could not be useful to society, except for their labor. Accordingly, at first, there was a false sense of kindness as he was being taught to read and write but master told his wife not to anymore, as people that can do these tasks often lead to thinking introspectively. Nonetheless, he eventually is able to learn and figures out that slavery is not right and that in the North is a safe haven with people against slavery, the abolitionists. As a result, this gives him hope of a potential future with safety needs being fulfilled. Notably, after he had planned to bolt with some other slaves but someone backstabs their scheme, causing insecurity. Then, he also has esteem fulfilled as he accomplished something that most slaves are not able to do read and write. Afterwards, he is able to work overtime for his own money, slowly but surely, this allow him to take off to New York, in which he changed his surname to Douglass, as a safety precaution. Then, as a free man, he now possessed all the physiological needs on his on and afterwards, finds love, marrying Anna Murray, fulfilling four foundation levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Therefore, he reaches self-actualization by becoming a

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