Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

1149 Words Nov 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Development of The Protagonist of a Bildungsroman
During the era of the Harlem Renaissance, avidly going after one’s dreams was frowned upon in the African American community. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the protagonist, Janie Crawford, underwent a series of events that transformed her from an innocent teenager to an adult as she went after her dream of “ideal love”. In this coming-of-age novel, Janie inaugurates a quest for love leading her to develop into a mature woman. These new experiences with love and relationships impacts Janie in an immense way and provides a major theme that develops in company with her character growth. The meaning of the story is shaped through the adolescent events, causing psychological and moral developments, resulting in Janie’s transformation from youth to maturity. At an early point in the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the reader discovers that Janie Crawford has the desire to undercover the meaning behind true love. A quote from chapter two shows this volition of hers. Janie states, “Oh to be a pear tree-any tree in bloom! With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world!” (Hurston, 11). The pear tree symbolizes ideal love and relationships with another individual, inspiring Janie to proceed in her search for this utopian view of nature.
As Janie embarks on her search she undergoes a series of psychological changes resulting in her loss of innocence. Before her pursuit of love, Janie…

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