Essay on Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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Throughout the watershed moment in history that was the Harlem Renaissance, countless black artists, novelists and musicians helped contribute to the newly forming facets of African American existentialism and cultural autonomy in a nation that had denied their independence for centuries. In her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, novelist Zora Neale Hurston illuminates the unique experience of a black woman’s search for meaning in both the African American and feminist rights movements of the mid 20th century . Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in 1937 after the height of the Harlem Renaissance. Hurston was an African American female writer known for critiquing patriarchy and race relations’ encompassing the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. The novel itself is based on Janie Crawford’s life and her journey to self-awareness as she relentlessly searches for love, her identity and the meaning of life. Their Eyes Were Watching God is historically significant to American literature, feminism and African American history because of the novel’s reflection on gender and racial relations through personal stories that illustrated and inspired resistance to social ideals, search of love, and self-discovery. Their Eyes Were Watching God was published during the Harlem Renaissance, a cultural movement where African American art, music, and literature expanded across urban areas in the United States. The goal of the Harlem Renaissance was to…

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