Synopsis (Detailed paragraph): Their Eyes Were Watching God is centered around the life and experiences of a beautiful, black woman, Janie Crawford. The novel first takes place with the return of Janie to her hometown Eatonville, Florida. The townspeople judge and gossip about Janie due to her lone arrival without a man. This is odd when considering she left Eatonville with a young man named Tea Cake.
In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, one very influential character for Janie was her grandmother, Nanny. She has suffered a lot to be where she was at that point of her life. She survived slavery, had to raise a daughter on her own, then had to raise her granddaughter. She simply wanted Janie to have a better life than hers. Nanny knew that Janie wanted to live life her own way without being told what to do. That is why she said to Janie, “Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate.” As a very old and wise woman, she had gone through a lot. I myself have gone through many hardships that give me a different perception of life.
In life, all humans are looking for love and respect. Throughout the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie searches her whole life looking for love and finally finds it with Tea Cake. When she was a child, she craved the love from her grandmother but she received mostly a structured life with a lot of responsibility. Her first marriage was to Logan Killicks, which Janie soon realized that she wasn’t married because of love, but because of the amount of work she could do to keep the farm going. Her second marriage was to Joe Starks which lasted twenty years, but she never felt the love even though she had economic security. Finally, Janie learns what true love is with Tea Cake. Janie’s love for these men gets very puzzling throughout the novel, will Janie figure out what true love really is?
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has long since been one of the one of the most important works of the twentieth century. The classical novel shows an independent character christened Janie Crawford who causes a major force of social change towards the perspective of woman. This masterpiece exemplifies the hardships of trials and tribulations that Janie must face before and post her marriages. Although Janie's grandmother, or “nanny” as Janie calls her, desires the foremost outcome for Janie even after her passing, she takes into account that her time before her unyielding demise is drawing slightly too close for comfort; so she persuades Janie that she must marry Logan Killicks in order to ensure that she will be safe
Throughout the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, author Zora Neale Hurston exploits and recognizes the certain standards that are set for women. Compared to their counterparts, women are perceived as a group that does not deserve the same daily rights as men. They are seen as “less than,” and are expected to get married and care for their spouse, prepare the dinner every evening, and make sure the house is neat and tidy. The protagonist, Janie Mae Crawford, faces this problem first hand with each of her three husbands. Without an easy fix to these problems, Janie views the horizon as her escape outlet and as a symbol of oppression. Zora Neale Hurston uses the motif of the horizon during the novel in order to make known the gap between the two sexes, and to demonstrate a woman’s thinking of her future as a free human being.
In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. A character named Janie Crawford is introduced and she is yearning for love that warms her inside and out. She is married to a man named Logan Killicks he's older than her. Janie knows that they will not have a connection. The other man she marries is Joe Starks, he is also older and wealthy. Janie's knows that they will have a stronger connection then her first marriage. Janie fails to understand the reality of marriage because she is enamored with her sweet idea.
Their Eyes were Watching God features Janie, the main character, narrating her life and her growth through the form of storytelling. The author masterfully crafts the piece so that Phoeby and the audience learn of Janie’s hardships and struggles and, as a result, the reader learns about the complications within the relationship between Janie and Joe that culminate into one single paragraph. In Their Eyes were Watching God, the author Zora Hurston uses a plethora of literary devices, including similes, metaphors, and personification, to help develop the main character Janie and on a larger, more universal scale, express the idea that male dominance over females is detrimental for women, as shown by the negative effects on Janie caused by Joe.
You wake up beside your significant other as if it were any other day; then look them in the eyes and utter the words “Good morning!”. You are overwhelmed with joy by the mere company of your spouse for it is the morning after your wedding night and the dream of obtaining the level of companionship in which you yearned becomes a reality. In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God the main character Janie pursues the quest of finding companionship in means of a husband. Zora Neale Hurston’s work includes many salient themes. The overlying theme of Their Eyes Were Watching God does not become evident until the last chapter of the novel. The perception of the ideal idea that love and relationships lead to happiness versus the idea that sadness comes from lonely and disconsolate independence that is socially scrutinized is proven
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston shows the growth of Janie Crawford, a woman of African American and White mix; who searches for true love when she saw bee pollenating on a flower when she was in her teens. As the novel progresses Janie goes through three marriages. Those husbands have showed their power as the man of household in their own way. Either they would use hurtful words or use physical force to some extent. Janie had go to through “trial and error” with her marriages. The Awakening by Kate Chopin explains the story of Edna Pontellier who is a wife with an independent demeanor and seeks to find love outside of her current marriage. During the course of the works Edna has encountered men that have tried control her. The men Edna has encountered didn’t understand Edna’s need for independence. In connection both Edna and Janie share the same ideas but their paths are different. Both women live in a very different society with the similarity of living under a male dominate society.
The beauty of marriage is the lovely relationship, communion, and balance that equals strive for full humanity of women and men. However, this ideal visualization of marriage started to loose value and it was converted into a division or inequality between women and men. Love started to be a constant and endless research, and stereotype started to weaken women and give power to men. These were common characteristics of the late 19th and 20th century. This being the situation, Zora Neale Hurston, an American novelist, wrote in 1937 her masterwork entitled Their Eyes Were Watching God. Her purpose was to sensitize and show the audience the emotional effects of gender inequality. Love, society, freedom, dreams, goals, compassion, gender, and marriage are the main themes in the novel. All these together form the story of an innocent and dreamer woman named Janie Crawford that tries to find love in her three marriages. Throughout the novel, she creates meaning to the dependence of marriage to gender roles, and emphasizes how this can shape relationships in a social way. Therefore, women and men play a role that affects positively and negatively marriages in order to represent a particular social group.
In "Their Eyes Were Watching God," Zora Neale Hurston. Writes a novel were Janie, the main character, finds herself into two unpredictable marriages. Were one was give and the other was chosen. Nevertheless, Janie is unable to find her true love, which cause her to fail on understanding the idealistic reality of marriage.
Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis There are many characters that have exploited the qualities of a good leader, but I think that Joe Starks is the character that exploits the most to his benefit. Joe comes to Eatonville with nothing, but a dream and three hundred dollars. Joe won over the heart of Janie because he explained what he wanted to do and what his goals in life were and Janie wanted to be a part of that. Joe goes to Eatonville and demands there to be change.
This essay discusses two young women coming of age Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie struggles to grow up in three different marriages. On the other hand, Jane from Jane Eyre does a lot of developing and personal growth through her relationship with the one family. The focus will be on how these girls are similar and different. The reader will see how coming of age is different for every person.
As has been mentioned in the first chapter, the Harlem Renaissance and the New Negro Movement were intended to re-establish black identity. Their aim was to break with the old stereotypes that were associated with the black. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston creates a society which consists exclusively of African Americans as “white folks had all the sayso where he come from and everywhere else, exceptin’ dis place dat colored folks was building” (Their Eyes Were Watching God, 1990: 28). Her aim is to shed light on the black community and to depict their unity that is not disturbed by the whites. In his research, Benesch describes Eatonville as a tightly integrated and developing city in which citizens do not want to conform to the norms
In The Eyes Were watching God, Zora Neale writes a journey of a woman named Janie Crawford. We immediately see Janie as a different person from chapter one when we read about her marriage in chapter five and six. She is in her second marriage to Jody Starks. We notice that compared to her relationship with Logan killiks she has a different attitude response. Jody criticizes her about how she wears her hair, when she speaks, and also her work ethic and Janie's response shows us her characteristics.