Life is full of challenges and learning experiences, everything we go through makes us stronger and better people. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie fumbles through three complex marriages that provide protection, stability, and love and happiness. After trial and error she realizes that she must think about herself by applying what she has learned from her relationships and cherishing her values. she is involved with three men who were all but perfect. The similarities and differences in Janie’s three spouses Mr. Killicks, Jody, and Tea Cake suggest that relationships present challenges which you can learn to overcome the complexities of marriage ultimately improving the quality of your
Every Woman’s Wish Janie learns in life that women and minorities are being viewed as second class citizens, and strives to defy that misconception. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie discovers how her and her colleagues are seen as inferior by men. Janie has a rough path in this story, starting out from being loved by her grandmother to having to bury her third husband, Tea Cake. The passage, “Now women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget.”
An Epic on Jaine’s Silence And her Expolaration of INNER-SELF Introduction In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston a young lady named Janie starts her life obscure to herself. She searches for the horizon as it illustrates the distance one must travel in order to distinguish between illusion and reality, dream and truth, role and self (Hemenway 75). She is unconscious of life’s two most valuable endowments: adore and reality. Janie is raised by her suppressive grandma who reduces her perspective of life.
“Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches” (Fitzgerald, 6). Life is a mirage of ups and downs and often the extent of these circumstances relies on reactions presented when the situation occurs. The use of voice can often completely change the outcome of an event. However, when one uses their voice depends on not only the internal confidence but also external factors that can influence the decision for the use of voice.
The main conflict in Their Eyes Were Watching God is between Janie and her grandmother, Nanny Crawford. Nanny has been raising Janie since birth. She treats Janie as if she were her own. Nanny and Janie love each other, but through the years, they have shared differences of opinion. Nanny 's opinion on marriage, life, and social status fuels their conflict.
Janie the protagonist of the book Their Eyes Were Watching God is introduced as a forty-year-old harlot by the woman on the porch. “They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs” (pg 2). From this porch Janie’s best friend Pheoby comes in to save her rep, Pheoby refutes, saying “You mad ‘cause she didn’t stop and tell us all her business” (pg 3). From this friendship we see that Janie is not a harlot she is just the talk of the neighborhood; she describes it as “Mouth-Almighty … got me up in they mouth now” (pg 5) . She then replies to the gossipers saying “They don’t know if life is a mess of corn-meal dumplings, and if love is a bed-quilt” (pg 6).
Throughout "Their eyes were watching God" , the title plays a significant role as it is strongly connected to the plot and the characters of the story . In the book we read "Still, though, Tea Cake, Janie, and most of the other migrant workers remain in the muck, unprepared for the threatening storm. ... The lights go out, the storm rages, and Tea Cake, Janie, and their friends seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God." is pretty much the climax of the story. In other words, the title of the story comes from the observation when Janie and her friends battle with the hurricane . The force that is the reason for the conflict of the story .
The black culture is very diverse in different parts of the world-even in different parts of the state. Janie as moved throughout Florida to places such as West Florida, Eatonville, and the Everglades. Residing in these different places helps develop and define the character of Janie. Throughout Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie experiences many variations of black culture that helps build her character as she travels through Florida.
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a story rich with meaning and significance. The author being one of the greatest folkloric authors in history has filled this novel with countless examples of folklore and culture, each with a meaning and purpose. Even though all of the author’s examples have merit I have came to the conclusion that I have found the three best ones: the cultural references to mules, the clash of differing cultures/ people and the overall form of the novel. If I make the statement that mules are a cultural significance to a story one might think the story isn't as great as this one is unless they have read this