Written by Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, follows a young woman named Janie Crawford and her coming of age story. The novel is introduced with Janie returning back to Eatonville after the passing of her husband Tea Cake. In the opening scene, Janie opens up to her friend Pheoby and tells her how things have been since she had left with Tea cake two years ago. However, Phoebe doesn't understand the story Janie is trying to tell her because she incorporates events from when her grandmother was around thus confusing her friend. Therefore, the opening scene is actually the closing scene, which leads to a flashback that eventually encompasses the whole novel. At the age of 16, Janie was sitting outside under a pear tree when she witnesses a revelation. Under the pear tree, she witnesses a bee pollinating the …show more content…
Hurston’s usage of natural objects in the world, such as a pear tree, horizon, and hurricane, correlate with one another allowing the reader analyze the three different marriages that take place in various events Janie goes through in her life. From viewing the act of sex through pollination, a destination holding dreams, and o the eyes of death staring back at her, these symbols showcase a coming of age story. In the novel, a pear tree located outside of Nanny’s house becomes a symbol for Janie’s belief of love. In the beginning of the novel, Janie is intrigued by the blossoming flowers on the tree where she soon begins to spend her free time under. She is drawn to its transformation, which foreshadows a transformation that is yet to occur within herself. Hurston narrates, “ Janie had spent most of the day under a blossoming pear tree in the back-yard...ever since the first tiny bloom had opened. It had called to come and gaze on a mystery” (Hurston
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In Zora Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” the protagonist Janie Crawford experiences the tension of outward conformity while she questioning inwardly, until she finds herself through love meeting her third husband Tea Cake. In other words, Janie goes through a transformation throughout the novel from what others want her to be, to the person she really is, overcoming the pressures of her husbands, as well as the expectations of society. Throughout the book, she grows from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman who has control of her own destiny. As a young girl, Janie is sitting under a pear tree and looks up, “She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight.” which is where she realizes what love and sexuality is and this is where her quest for love begins.
Complicated relationships, even family members can bring a person down but in the end, the hard times are what makes a person who they are. Janie Mae Crawford is a prime example of this, she goes through many relationships and even has complications with her own family that lead to her being unhappy. She finally learns that when she finds who she is and finds her own voice is when she becomes happy. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston examines the idea that Janie's past, where she has many complicated relationships, including her Nanny, aids her on her journey to find who she is and to establish her own voice.
“Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a novel written by Zora Neale Hurston. The novel portrays Janie, a middle aged black woman who tells her friend Pheoby Watson what has happened to her husband Tea Cake and her adventure. The resulting telling of her story portrays most of the novel. Throughout the novel, Zora Neale Hurston presents the theme of love, or being in a relationship versus freedom and independence, that being in a relationship may hinder one’s freedom and independence. Janie loves to be outgoing and to be able to do what she wants, but throughout the book the relationships that she is in with Logan,Jody and Tea Cake, does not allow her to do that.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie merely wants to love someone, but that choice is ripped out of her hands when Nanny makes her marry someone she does not love. This marriage as well as another one does not work out because she never learns to love them. Finally, she meets Tea Cake, and falls madly in love with him even though he is a lot younger than she is. He is someone that she can truly love while still being able to be herself. They go through their struggles as well and sadly, he dies by the end of the novel.
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is a main character whose outward existence conforms, and her inward life questions. This tension helps to evolve the author’s theme of the importance of individuality and how individuality creates happiness. Janie experiences most of her life in trying to conform, and grows to despise it. Once free, she becomes herself and becomes happy. Early in the novel, Janie marries Logan Killicks.
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.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie suffers from hardship in two relationships before she can find her true love. Janie explains to her best friend, Pheoby, how she searches for love. Therefore Pheoby wants to hear the true story, rather than listening to the porch sitters. Throughout the book Janie experiences different types of love with three different men; Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Vergible "Tea Cake" Woods. At 16 Janie marries Logan Killicks.
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.
In Their Eyes were Watching God, Janie’s hair is described ad nauseum; in fact, it is described so often that one cannot help but notice its importance to the text as a whole. The author uses Janie’s hair to demonstrate Janie as an independent woman. To Janie, her hair is one of her defining features, and it becomes a surrogate for her identity. While Janie works inside her and Jody’s store, Jody forces her to wrap up her hair in a head-rag. To Janie, the “business of the head-rag irked her endlessly”, even though she did not want it wrapped up, Jody did.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston uses speech as a tool to show the progression of the story. Janie Crawford, the main character of the novel, finds her true identity and ability to control her voice through many hardships. When Janie’s grandmother dies she is married off, to be taken care of. In each marriage that follows, she learns what it is to be a woman with a will and a voice. Throughout the book, Janie finds herself struggling against intimidating men who attempt to victimize her into a powerless role.
In The Eyes are Watching God, the author Zora Neale Hurston expresses the struggles of women and black societies of the time period. When Hurston published the book, communities were segregated and black communities were full of stereotypes from the outside world. Janie, who represents the main protagonist and hero, explores these communities on her journey in the novel. Janie shows the ideals of feminism, love, and heroism in her rough life in The Eyes. Janie, as the hero of the novel, shows the heroic qualities of determination, empathy, and bravery.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston uses multiple voices throughout the story to show all the parts that come together to fully understand Janie’s story. It seems important to acknowledge that there are two narrators: Janie and the anonymous speaker that helps Janie tell her story. Although Janie is the main narrator, the anonymous narrator speaks every now and then about Janie. The main example is at the very beginning of the story when the anonymous narrator is telling of Janie walking back into Eatonville and describing the scene.
Porch. A covered shelter projecting in front of the entrance of a building. This inanimate object served to develop various themes throughout the book, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. She reveals the theme of jealousy and envy, gender inequality and a sense of community with the help of the porch.
In conclusion, the chinaberry tree which Delia sticks to toward the finish of story likewise speaks to an image. The tree has profound roots and will live for quite a while after Sykes passes on, so will Delia. She picks up learning at the tree, "She could hardly achieve the chinaberry tree, where she held up in the developing warmth while inside she knew the frosty waterway was crawling up and up to quench that eye which must know at this point she knew" (Hurston 8,112). Sweat by Zora Neale Hurston is crammed with symbolism from imagery that is effectively seen, to things that require more complex knowledge to be able to fully comprehend.
By emphasizing romantic ideals, Hawthorne is able to clearly express how the tone of the forest is shown in Pearl, as both represent the same ideas of truth to the Romantics. The tone of the forest is shown throughout the entirety of the time present there. It also shows the forest’s purity because it is hidden, insusceptible to humanity’s reach. Hawthorne directly states to the reader that the wild nature of the forest had never been, “subjugated by human law” (Hawthorne 177). Not only does he state that “human law” has not corrupted the forest, he follows by adding that the forest is neither, “illuminated by a higher power” (177).