A greater insight is gained of the world through the the people, places and events of texts from differing cultures. Laura Esquivel’s magical realism novel, Like Water For Chocolate (1989) and Zora Neale Hurston’s bildungsroman novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) depict the detrimental effects of oppression to a person’s self esteem and personal identity through an investigation of the changing perceptions of love, loss of a person’s freedom of speech and verbal and physical abuse. Esquivel and Hurston describe a person’s changing perceptions of love when faced with oppression using language techniques. Like Water For Chocolate, set during the Mexican Revolution also parallels the intensity of the Mexican Revolution. Tita initially …show more content…
Instead she must watch on as the love of her life marries her sister. Mama Elena’s insistent pressure and scrutiny cause Tita to lose hope and become withdrawn from life, ignoring housework and other duties to become despondent in a dovecote. The change between Tita’s initially hopeful outlook on love and later on her negative outlook is due to her mother’s oppression. Likewise, Their Eyes Were Watching God demonstrate Janie’s changing views of love. At first, Janie believes love will develop during a marriage. “Ah wants to want him sometimes.” In this example, dialogue demonstrates Janie’s longing for a deeper connection and unconditional love. However, throughout Janie’s second marriage, her husband Joe, feels threatened that another man will …show more content…
Tita and Janie’s views of the world have become warped through the verbal and physical abuse they have suffered. Mama Elena continuously uses verbal abuse in order to subdue and oppress Tita, however when Tita retorts back verbally Mama Elena resorts to physical violence in order to get her point across. “Mama Elena went to her, picked up a wooden spoon and smashed her across the face with it.” This quote demonstrates Mama Elena’s willingness to use physical violence if necessary in order to overpower and subdue Tita if verbal abuse is not sufficient. The third person narration describes the indifference in Mama Elena as she strikes Tita. When Joe uses verbal and physical abuse to undermine Janie and to make himself feel better. Joe’s harsh and often abusive treatment of Janie is a juxtaposition to the kindness with which he treats the townspeople. When Janie responds to Joe’s verbal assault by insulting his manhood and humiliating him, he strikes her in retaliation. This showcases Joe’s dominating persona and need to control Janie, resorting to physical violence if verbal abuse does not subdue her, similar to Mama Elena’s treatment of Tita. A person’s self esteem and personal identity is detrimentally impacted by verbal and physical
We all learned to respect and love our parents. Tita’s mother, Mama Elena, isn 't the motherly material everyone wants to have. She orders people around, discourage them, and always puts the family tradition first, but not in a good way. In the beginning, Tita tries to cope with Mama Elena and her orders. “I’m sorry Mami.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s happiness and self-fulfillment greatly depended on the man whom she was in a relationship with. From, the beginning of the novel, Janie never followed the path that had the utmost value to herself; She always settled for what other people thought was best for her. This made Janie never quite content with her situation and caused her happiness and self-fulfillment to be hindered by her circumstances. The horizon, a motif representing dreams, wishes, the possibility of change, and improvement of ones’ self, is the point in which Janie’s journey of self-discovery is illustrated by.
It was beyond her comprehension that one person, whatever her relationship with another, could reject a kind gesture in such a brutal manner, just like that, so high-handedly. She was sure the soup was delicious. She had tasted it herself before bringing it up. It couldn’t help but be good, she’d taken so much care in preparing it,” (page 130-131). Towards the end of Mama Elenas life, Tita finally subverts the expectations that are placed on her.
At home, this behavior is mirrored in their father, a brutish and domineering man who uses physical violence against not only the three boys but their mother as well. As the narrator describes certain scenes and events that he witnesses between his parents, there is a certain poignancy in how the children try to understand how their father treats their mother. “The faucet poked into the base of her spine, and it must have hurt her, all of it must have hurt her, because Paps was much bigger and heftier, and he was rough with her, just like he was rough with us. We saw that it must hurt her, too, to love him” (Torres 48). The boys are able to relate their own abuse at the hands of their father to the way their mother is treated, further supporting their beliefs that this is how the world works and normalizing the relationship between violence and love because of how present it is in their home.
Figurative language is a technique used commonly among authors in literature, yet still something readers have a difficult time figuring out due to the deeper meaning that is hidden in the piece of work. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, a minor yet significant character named Mrs. Turner is compared to a pious worshipper, portraying her as someone who is obsessed of one race over another, showing her want of power in society. This ultimately suggests the invisible power in a race and how the color of one’s skin can make differences. Mrs. Turner is an interesting character in this novel. Mrs. Turner is compared to “believers [who] had built an altar to the unattainable -- Caucasian characteristics for all” (Hurston
Each of Janie’s husbands in Their Eyes were watching God changed her in some way. The three relationships help Janie grows as a person in the novel. Logan was Janie’s first husband. Janie’s grandmother arranged for Janie to marry him so he could take care of her. Janie does not love Logan, but believes that with time she will fal in love with him.
No longer caring about the opinions of everyone else Janie began to take her own life back into her hands; to the disapproval of the community. This example adds to the story overall because it helps to give us a sense of time and well as helping us to understand Janie. It also gives us a sense of understanding when it comes to her most recent choice. Overall the quote shows the disapproval of everyone else, as well as Janie 's willingness
The pursuit of dreams has played a big role in self-fulfillment and internal development and in many ways, an individual 's reactions to the perceived and real obstacles blocking the path to a dream define the very character of that person. This theme is evident in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, which is about the search for identity. A woman of a mixed ethnicity resides in several communities, each playing an important role and serve as crucial influences on her life. During the story, she endures two failed relationships and one good relationship, dealing with disappointment, death, the wrath of nature and life’s unpredictability.
People come into our lives for different reasons. Some leave a positive impact, while others bring negativity. Readers and critics alike have treasured Zora Neale Hurston’s 20th century novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, for generations particularly for its complex portrayal of the different main characters. The people a person meet and the experiences that person many go through in their lifetime can alter a person significantly. Through the tyrannical words of Joe Starks and the inconsiderate actions of Nanny, Janie in the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is negatively influenced as her actions and thoughts alter her life.
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.
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. Janie’s first marriage was to a man named Logan Killicks, which was forced upon her by her grandmother.
Many authors utilize the events that have occurred throughout their lifetime as an inspiration for not only their novels’ plots, but also their novels’ themes. The author of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, is one of the many authors who have utilized their life’s experiences as inspiration for her novels’ themes. Throughout her major novels, she has utilized events in her life, such as her early life, her relationships, and the fact that she grew up in an all-black town, in order to inspire several themes in her novels, and several of her beliefs that she conveys in her novels. Themes, and beliefs, such as African-Americans are not all good nor are they all bad, experiences contribute to finding one’s true self, there is no
The United States Constitution states that the country values liberty, life, and happiness for all of its citizens. These three values shape the ideal American experience. Most view it as living freely, where all men, women, and races are created equal, and where oppression of genders and races does not exist. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, however, Zora Neale Hurston challenges the traditional view of this experience by illustrating how gender roles and racism change it, manifesting that it is not close to what the average citizen goes through, especially if he or she is black.
Nanny did not believe in love, so Janie had little guidance in how one can find love. Janie does not realize until the end, that one must “go there tuh know there”(192). In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston shows how society and influences can cause someone to hide himself and conform to the expectations of others. Janie was a strong person inside but conformity hid her from the rest of the world.