Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God?

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Everyone has inner ideas that they wish to expresses, however are unable to put them into words. When people do try to convey their ideas, their dialogue may be misinterpreted. One reason for this is because when you talk to people, emotions take a role in your dialogue. Being unable to express your emotions is what leads to people assuming things in your dialogue, potentially misunderstanding you. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the main character Janie has many thoughts in her “high” monologue which she expresses; however, was unable to be interpreted in her “low” dialogue because of emotions changing the tone of her speech; which in turn, causes an inability for her audience to comprehend her intentions.…show more content…
When Janie talks to her Nanny, she says, “Ah wants things sweet wid mah marriage lak when you sit under a pear tree and think Ah . . .” (24). This makes Nanny believe Janie is ignorant about relationships, claiming she wants a happy marriage. Unfortunately, Nanny knows the harsh reality that blacks are inferior to white people and knows Janie will suffer, unless she marries someone rich, which is what she imposes on her. However, in comparison to what she was thinking, “Oh to be a pear tree-any tree in bloom! With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world! (...) She wants to struggle with life but it seems to elude her. Where are the singing bees for her? (...) Looking, waiting, breathing short with impatience. Waiting for the world to be made” (11). This inner monologue shows she wants more than a happy marriage, she wants her life to be meaningful and she wants to venture out in the world. This inner monologue makes Janie feel less ignorant of the world, because she knows it is not all cheerful, and happy. Nanny has a misunderstanding with Janie’s intentions, and if she understood Janie’s inner thoughts, she could have considered Janie’s feeling
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