Analysis Of ' Their Eyes Were Watching God ' By Zora Neale Hurston

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Gender in the Bigger Picture
As a commentary on the social system of the late 1930’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston truly reflects the norms of the time period in an accurate manner. Hurston was heavily impacted by the traditions and folklores of the African American culture, which are reflected within the ideals of the novel. From the desire to create an individual culture to the relentless search for love, Hurston includes elements that she discovered as she travelled and saw on the rise in the black community. In an era scarred by the shattered remains of a broken promise from the Civil War, the late 30’s was rampant in unequal representation and racism; strong representing factors of the United States to the citizens under its control. The novel serves as a medium of questioning the gender roles place on an individual, as well as in respect to the community. Through the use of communities and marriages, Hurston conveys the idea that gender roles placed on women are only acceptable when an individual willingly accepts them.
The audience is introduced to Janie Crawford early on in the novel. Phoeby and Janie sit enjoying a plate of food after Janie’s arrival to Eatonville, while reminiscing of her late marriage with Tea Cake. Janie gives Phoeby the information she sought, but under one stipulation. Janie says that if she were to tell Phoeby what happened, She would have to start from the beginning (Hurston 7). From this point on, Janie begins to tell…

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