Essay Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

1667 Words May 23rd, 2016 7 Pages
Early African American art and literature are centralized in a male dominated place where slavery and the Jim Crow Laws where something that unified the African American community. The African American’s female autonomy has been overshadowed by other themes such as slavery, knowledge, discrimination, and violence. However, critics appreciated Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, because some claim that the protagonist Janie resists to comply with the patriarchal society. Janie in the novel is characterized as an independent black woman who seeks love and autonomy. With failed relationships and disagreements with her three husbands over the course of her adolescence to middle-age adulthood, the conclusion of the novel alludes to a mature Janie who established her own autonomy in the community. There are some gender differences that Janie seems to defy in the novel such as patience, submissiveness, and correspondence to men , all which are expected and part of the gender role construction in this novel; however, it seems that she triumphs over all of them. By taking strength from Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake, Janie, in effect, becomes strong and independent woman. Some critics have criticized the novel from different angles such as Richard Wright, who stated that the novel carries no theme, no message, and lacked thought. He argued that Hurston was playing for the white stereotype of African-American culture and the humor which whites saw in that prejudice.…

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