Gender Role In Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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The early nineteenth hundred was an important period for African Americans. During this time period, there was a lot of turbulence for race relations and gender role. Zora Neale Hurston was a writer who grew up during this time period and went threw a series of events prior to writing the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. At an early age Hurston’s mother passed away and her father went off to remarry but continued to pay for her education till he eventually stopped. For a bit of time she became a maid for an actress in a touring Gilbert and Sullivan group. Soon after this episode, Hurston enrolled into Howard University and later transferred to Barnard College to graduate from there in 1928. A major part of her life was when she contributed …show more content…
She demonstrates that slavery might be going away, but the lives of African Americans still remained difficult. The abolishment of slavery arose racial tension for African Americans not only from whites, but as well as amongst themselves. Hurston expresses the way freedom to a women was different to freedom of a man. Throughout the novel you notice the way the main character of Janie is expected to behave and is judged for certain actions that she takes instead. She goes through a series of relationship which do not end happily because of her unexpected behavior as a …show more content…
Referring back to the pear tree, Tea Cake helps drive Janie to reach her goal. Prior to meeting him, she has grown stronger and more independent due to the previous relationships. Janie sees Tea Cake as her bee to the pear tree because unlike the other relationships, she feels the love and the equal terms he puts himself with her. Tea Cake serves as the biggest part in her life because he allows her to take in everything she learns from the past and present and utilize it. She is not undermined and is let to be self self dependent. Although her relationship with Tea Cake seems to be fulfilled, in order for her to be fulfilled internally she needs to make certain choices. Ironically she uses everything she has learned from the past and the tools that Tea Cake provided her with to kill him at the end. By killing Tea Cake, is symbolizes her officially releasing herself from everything she has gone through. She is now at her strongest point and is independent. She finds true happiness and security within herself. Hurston demonstrates the significance of gender role in Their Eyes Were Watching God through Janie and her relationships. She demonstrates that even women can be outspoken and do not have to be the ideal women in order to be happy. When Janie is finally able to feel true love, is when gender role is equal, which Tea Cake allows her to express

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