Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay example

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Everyone is on a journey to find their identity, and it’s not about looking in the right places but rather just looking in the first place. Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, reveals that we must take action and stand up for what you think is right in order to gain independence. While this story revolves around Janie’s relationships with others, it is not that which catches my eye, but the growing relationship with her self. In the beginning of the book and at the end of the book, I notice that Janie is alone. She is alone but a completely changed person because of the sense of independence that has grown within her. In the beginning she does not know who she is or how she wants to live, but by the end, she returns to Eatonville as a proudly powerful independent woman. This book is not about the mission of her finding a perfect husband, but rather it is of a mission of her finding a sense of independence. In this book, there are three things that help find Janie her sense of independence: language, marriage, and class.
The first way Janie gains independence is through language. She uses language to try to find her voice and with finding her voice, comes independence. The first example is when Janie talks out loud about how she might run away from Logan, which makes his fears a real possibility. Hurston then states, “There! Janie had put words in his held-in fears” (30). This shows that with language, she has power to tell people what she wants and by doing so…

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