Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Tea Cake not only made Janie feel special with his words, but also proved it by taking her fishing, hunting, to the movies, dancing and teaching her how to play checkers. He gave Janie the freedom to be who she was, not who someone wanted her to be. He not only encourages her growth to independence, but also furthers it by teaching her skills. Although he has none of the financial stability of the first two men, he makes Janie realize that she has to decide what she wants out of life, and "she discovers she hates the limitations Nanny imposed on self fulfillment"(Wall, 376).

The role of the women characters in this novel show the need, "for the black society to move away from oppression and begin to follow it's dreams" (Dawson, 155). Through women characters, Hurston shows the slow progression towards self-liberation and possession. "She was telling blacks that they should follow after this example and begin to take more initiative in then freedom of their souls" (Dawson, 155).

It is not chance that the three main characters besides Janie are men. Hurston was writing in a society where men were still dominant in the literary
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Tea Cake and Janie, "sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against crude walls and their souls asking if he meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God" (Hurston, 151). "This passage, taken in conjunction with other occurrences in the novel, signifies God's arbitrary will, which provides Janie and her companions with a sense of fate and destiny" (Morgan, 184). Janie recognizes that people have to be watching because life comes down hard on

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