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Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

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Life is time intervals of change that move each and every person with each passing moment, and reflect the world around us. Literature frequently reflects the culture along with the emotions and feelings of the environment and people around us. The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, takes us through the life of Janie Crawford, a black woman in the early 1900’s, and her journey for love and identity through three different marriages. Janie’s different experiences and what goes on around her reflects how Zora Neale Hurston’s writing is both a reflection and departure from the ideas of the Harlem Renaissance, from the influence of slavery, and the re-emergence of stereotypes, respectively. The Harlem Renaissance was…show more content…
In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Ms.Turner is a secretive lady who has very strong opinions towards Blacks, and is seen to be fairly racist in those opinions. “You’se different from me. Ah can’t stand black niggers … Dey laughs too much and dey laughs too loud. Always singin’ ol’ nigger songs! Always cuttin’ de monkey for white folks. If it wuzn’t for so many black folks it wouldn’t be no race problem. De white folks would take us in wid them. De black ones is holdin’ us back”(Hurston 141). Zora Neale Hurston uses Ms.Turner and her strong opinions to illustrate how, despite the promotion of Black identity during the Harlem Renaissance, when the Renaissance was over, many Americans returned to their original position towards Blacks, which preceded the Renaissance. Harsh stereotypes created misjudgment and tension throughout society, which demonstrated that there was a departure from the Harlem Renaissance, as seen in Zora Neale Hurston’s
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