The Problem Of Love In Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Bealer, L. Tracy. "The Kiss of the Memory: The Problem of Love in Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God." African American Review: Summer 2009, 311-327.
In this article, Bealer focuses on Hurston’s representation of African American love. Bealer examines the connection between Janie, the pear tree, and tea cake as a sexual desire, love, her marriage and etc. In the article, Bealer examine how the pear tree reflect the character as her own. By making the connections with pear tree, Janie was reflecting her sexual fulfillment through nature. Tealer stated “Hurston novel foregrounds the sociohistorical racial injustices that infuse a unique tension into African American gender politics” (312) which indicate Bealer was impacted on the heterosexual
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In the article, Mcknight stated Richard Wright and Langston Hughes believe Hurston relates her work to African- American cultures and traditions. Her purpose to target her audience is to “not to addressed to the Negro, but to a white audience whose chauvinistic tastes she knows how to satisfy” (83) which indicates Hurston focuses on the other race because she thought they were close-minded and had the same perspective about the African-American race (tunnel vision). In the article, Richard Wright and Langston Hughes wrote novels that are in the same aspect as Hurston, but they thought her novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” did not “carries no theme, no message, no thought” (83). The author stated Hughes and Wright argue against Hurston because they feel she negotiates the rural south. Also, Langston, Richard and other critics felt Hurston shaped the social conditions of African-American race. They felt Hurston was not accurate of the social circumstances of the south. In the article, the author wanted Hurston to highlight the function of the main character, Janie Mae Crawford. The main purpose to highlight the function of the main character is to operate nostalgia about the character, such as disruptive experience, pain, or loss. A researcher, Dominick LaCapra indicates going through a traumatic can destroy someone’s mentality. The narrative structure of nostalgia is to reflect on the environment and how it influences …show more content…
Genevieve West examines the cultural and history of Zora Neale Hurston's writing and her work. In the book, Genevieve West focuses on how Hurston became really popular in the Harlem Renaissance and reviewed during her career and how literary scholars praised her after her death. In the 1920's the Harlem Renaissance began as the "New Negro Movement (18)" in Harlem, New York. Hurston relocated in New York because she has been "profoundly influenced by the powerful (predominantly male) figures who advised her and by the larger social and political debates about racial progress and art" (18) which indicates Hurston explored and inspired by the artistic milieu of Harlem and her own perception of art which motivated her to write her novels. Between the 1920 through 1925, Hurston defined herself as a fiction writer than a poet that explored her writing into the African American heritage. In the novel, Hurston gained popularity among some of the novels she wrote such as Mules and Men, Their Eyes Were Watching God and etc. However, Hurston did not gain enough recognition like other Harlem Renaissance authors. Harlem Renaissance authors and artists such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude Mckay, and many more were highly praised of their work while others critique Hurston

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