Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis

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Their Eyes Were Watching God is a powerful novel in which we follow the life events of the central character, Janie Crawford. While the novel revolves around the men that shape and distort her life, the principal element is the quest in which Janie undergoes in search of self fulfilment and her own identity. While many of her relationships do not flourish, they teach her many valuable lessons and allow her to progress in her search for spiritual enlightenment. Race and gender prove to be some of the most crucial themes in the novel as they exert prominent influence on the series of events that unfold throughout Their Eyes Were Watching God. In this essay, I will examine race and gender as well as examining the relationship between the two and how they play such a significant role in the life of Janie Crawford and her partners. From the first chapter in Their Eyes Were Watching God, evidence of race and culture is shown through the dialogue. Dialogue in the novel is set out phonetically to capture the pulse and idioms of black vernacular, particularly with focus on elements of Southern dialect. “Naw, Ah thank yuh. Nothin’ couldn’t ketch me dese few steps Ah’m goin’. (Hurston, 4). As well as through dialogue, race is shown through the black community as early on as the first chapter. The book displays a black community severed by racist notions, a incessant need to ostracise and destroy the successful and deep rooted jealousy. In the first scene, the evidence of
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