Essay on Their Eyes Were Watching God

2167 Words Jul 25th, 2002 9 Pages
In the beginning of the 20th century, it was a new era for everything, especially literature. Two new and unique literary movements began; Local Color and Naturalism. Local Color with its distinct character tone and Naturalism with its weak main character was knowingly cherished by readers. As a response to Darwinism and the inequality in America, Naturalism opened Americans' eyes of the individual being defeated by society. Local Color freed the minds of the readers as well as the writers by putting the tone of the actual character, not everyone being sophisticated and educated. Despite the fact that Naturalism and Local Color was love, there were two notorious books of each kind; The Awakening, Naturalism, and Their Eyes were …show more content…
Edna was a weak main character who died by what society told her and gave up her life. Though she fell in love with Robert, she didn't end up with him because she was too weak. She wasn't strong enough and she gave up on herself and Robert. "He (Robert) would never understand… and her strength was gone." Janie, on the other hand, was a very strong character. She failed to find her joy or life's delirium, from both of her first two husband, Logan and Jody, but she didn't give up. Although she was old, she didn't give up hope to marry another man who she can find true love with. She wasn't hesitant about anything, because she didn't care what others had to say, and went with her own intuition. She was very confident that she was doing the right thing and others were all wrong. "They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves." She knew that she was doing the right thing and the society couldn't stop her from marrying Tea-Cake.
From these two novels, we see the difference in Naturalism and Local Color, especially by the main characters' actions. On the search for life's delirium, both Edna and Janie found it, but Edna failed to keep that joy. Both of their first marriage wasn't base on love and that is the reason why both of their marriage failed. On Janie's case, both of her first two husbands were rich, but she didn't find

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