Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Terrance Lee US literature Ms. Caldwell A4 10/20/14 The Value of Their Eyes were Watching God High schools consist of teenagers who are searching for their identity and self-expression. Despite its profound position, the novel Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has been challenged of its place in high school student’s education by parents and educational groups. Their main argument implied that the novel contained sexual explicitness, obscenity, racial remarks and vulgar reasons. However, Their Eyes were Watching God should contain its place in the high school English curriculum because of two reasons: its significance in American History and the moral of love and self-expression. First, this book withholds too many important factors in American history to be left out. Hurston uses various examples in order to express the hardships of African-Americans during the age of slavery. For example, Nanny, Janie’s grandmother, explains to Janie white men and slave owners raped Leafy (Nanny’s daughter). “Dat school teacher had done hid her in de woods all night long, and he had done raped mah baby and run on off just before day” (Hurston 93). By using verisimilitude of blacks’ inferiority to whites, Hurston successfully displays the cruel and ridiculous conditions of slavery. Even after the Civil War, Leafy is molested, thus came Janie. Furthermore, Hurston writes about segregation, even within the black society. After Janie Crawford, the protagonist of
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