Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

786 Words Apr 12th, 2016 4 Pages
“Their Eyes were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston brings to conscience the story of an individual who goes through certain life stages. The main protagonist in this book is Janie a women growing up in a time of limited social-economic mobility of women in the 1900’s. In our discussions about this book it brings to light how we view and internalize structure and agency on a societal level. This story about Janie and her constant struggle to navigate through life and its many struggles. Is something that we can all relate to in this class, as we all try struggle to find our sense of belonging in life. Their Eyes were Watching God is somewhat a reflection of Zora Neale Hurston life, Hurston alternates between Standard English and southern black vernacular to transcribe the southern black culture, and her use of language makes the story of Janie more entertaining and giving you a sense of understanding about the southern black culture and the role of women. Furthermore the book is a slight reflection of Hurston’s life, giving the reader a window into the struggle and hardship women of color had to face in the south. Janie’s use of relationships with men is a symbolic one which highlights her use of structure to find happiness at a time where women’s rights were merely nonexistent.

Janie’s life is affected by racism, poverty and the structure of Janie’s community limit her opportunities in life, most of the people in her community has an old fashioned sense of…

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