In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the protagonist Janie, is influenced by others to change her ideals. Hurston vividly portrays Janie’s outward struggle while emphasising her inward struggle by expressing Janie’s thoughts and emotions. In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening the protagonist is concisely characterized as having “that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions,” as Janie does. Janie conforms outwardly to her life but questions inwardly to her marriages with Logan Killicks, her first husband, and Joe Starks, her second husband; Janie also questions her grandmother's influence on what love and marriage is. During Janie's first marriage, she outwardly conforms to the societal view of marriage, and the domestic wife, while inwardly questioning if she can learn to disregard her true
Her internal struggles are like her being baited like the mule and feeling its pain but not being able to fight back for herself. Her will to be independent is echoed by Nanny when she states that “ Ah been prayin’ fuh it [women only being extensions of men, as mules are extensions of their masters] tuh be different wid you” (pg. 17). However, Nanny believes that this is a fickle dream whereas Janie has the fight and willpower to try to make it a reality. It is extremely ironic as well that Jodie is the one that buys the mule off of Matt Bonner but is truly the once keeping Janie as a metaphorical slave to his
This theme is subtly shown throughout the story, but becomes more apparent after the main event, the slaughter. After Date Bed is presumed missing, Mud, despite the fact that she is not of She-S blood, shows concern for her friend and adopted family member throughout the story – “It is just as well that Mud’s thoughts can’t be heard because what she is thinking is, “I’m the one who loves her. None of you loves her as I do,” and the uselessness of her love arouses her to such a pitch of anguish that she thinks of returning to the plain and searching for Date Bed on her own” (Gowdy, 105). The other She-S’s feel the same way as well – She-Snorts states, “I would not go to The Safe Place…knowing that Date Bed might still be alive and lost” (Gowdy, 249). If the She-S’s didn’t care for their family as much, they would have abandoned all thought of Date Bed and wouldn’t bother searching for her.
Janie, as the hero of the novel, shows the heroic qualities of determination, empathy, and bravery. Janie shows determination as she persists and struggles to define love on her own terms through her marriages. First, her determination shows when Janie runs away with Jody. She becomes aware that her marriage with Logan does not satisfy her goals and dreams for love, so she takes a chance and marries Jody. Hurston states, “Janie hurried out of the front gate and turned south.
She is the mother of my children.” (Schnabel) The disengagement between Bauby and Sylvie is evident in both the book and the film. But although she played the sole role of “the mother of my children” in the book through their first interaction at the Cinecittà and on Father’s Day, her presence was ominous in the movie and the audience felt for her constantly as it speaks out to someone who loved, but was not loved. Florence Ben Sadoun is the self-centered mistress who refuses to be by the side of the man she claims to love and Bauby cares for so dearly. “Sweet Florence refuses to speak to me unless I first breathe noisily into the receiver that Sandrine holds glued to my ear. “Are you there, Jean-Do?” she asks anxiously over the air.
Stella: Haven't you ever ridden on that street-car? Stella’s so-called true love between her and Stanley increases the gloom of her mind. She feels as though she could hardly endure such a life. But Incomplete and partial resistance never get her jump out of the rut, and her irrational fight could not guide her to the real happiness but to inevitable annihilation. That is to say, in conflict with herself and her environment, her partial resistance of this kind signals her impending doom.
In this fiction novel by Zora Neale Hurston, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, Janie- The main character- is constantly going through emotional journeys to try and find herself. We read about her different stage from a young child to a full-grown woman. We see how she gets to that point through plenty of heartbreaks, from her grandmother and especially guys. she significantly changes on the inside and out due to many things but after she leaves Logan -who crushes her marriage dreams- to be with Jody-who makes her feel like her dreams are restores- as time goes on their relationship goes down the drain and her views change from idealistic to realistic, like when Jody is in his death bed and blames her for him being there. As we know, when Janie had to marry Logan she gets her dreams of a beautiful and happy marriage crushed.
Instead of addressing him as Hamlet or using an endearing term, she speaks to him as though she is of a lower class. Ophelia believes that she is not Hamlet’s or any man’s equal. Ophelia has never been treated as an independent individual. She is always following someone’s orders. Ophelia’s subservient nature causes her to suppress her feelings which eventually leads to her mental breakdown and death in Act IV.
This becomes apparent when Elvia’s menarche, completely horrifies her and is clueless as to why it occurs. Furthermore, she has no knowledge of how sex works and is denied the proper resources to help care for her child. At no point in her life is she allowed to actually enjoy her womanhood and is forced into subservience until eventually being forced to be contentment with a less than average man simply because he wasn’t abusive. At all turns, Elvia throughout her life was forced to deal with the shortcomings of Honduran society in the aspects of class inequality, the prevalence of machismo, and the oppression of femininity. From being denied an education simply because she was both poor and a woman.
Just like what happened between her and Crooks when she dropped her fingers and put her hands on her hips, Crooks said, “Maybe you better go along to your own house now. We don’t want no trouble.” Curley’s wife doesn’t have social life at all. In fact, she also facing attitude adversity. She discriminated Crooks by calling him “nigger”. Even if she’s the wife of the Boss’s Son, she’s still facing social adversity because she was longing for attention, companion, and a friend.
There is nothing I can do” (Cisneros 84). Minerva is trapped in an ongoing cycle, we can clearly see that she cannot break away from and in a form, is not smart or strong enough to stop it from reoccurring. On the other hand, even though this form of oppression she finds condolence in writing her poems. Even if she is, perhaps subjected to hiding her poems in fear of displeasing her husband or being the ridiculed as a result of writing. As a reader, we can conclude that the poems Minerva writes are possibly close to her heart as she reserves them on her physical body throughout the day next to her spare change.