The platform of fiction allows her to approach specifically the topics of her choice rather than be limited by the scientific perspective of a particular community. It also demonstrates the Negro tradition of verbal history inherited from African tribes. The story was set during the time when slaves have just been emancipated and are starting to create a life for themselves.
Throughout the novel, people want to suppress Janie in all kinds of ways, but she wants to be herself. It is the thing that comes between Janie and Joe and kills their love.
She has returned from living with Tea Cake in the Everglades, she explains, because she can no longer be happy there. After the breakdown of their marriage and the passing of Jody, Janie met Tea Cake; a much younger man, about 12 years younger than her. Because of an old widowed neighbor who was ripped off by a younger man, Janie did not trust Tea Cake at first, even after they got married.
Janie protests, and Nanny recounts to her the hardships that she has experienced. Janie is trying to find herself just as the South is trying to distinguish its own identity. So this was a marriage!
She recounts that it was her grandmother, a former slave who raised her and that she never knew her parents. It is only upon this realization did she finally found the joy and the love she was seeking for the longest time and the thing that she most desired--to love and be loved in return.
It was the pastime of men and though women were allowed to watch, nobody would play with them because the men felt that the women were not competent enough and it was not their place to play. Jody was such a man.
She planned to have Nanny viciously whipped and to sell Leafy once she was a month old. Rather than try to understand and fit into a well established community, as anthropologists have done, Janie appears to be in a society that is anything but organized or established.
The head rag limits their ability by keeping them bound to their limitations by not providing the opportunity for self-improvement. But she was proven wrong when Tea Cake returned and admitted that he had fallen into temptation after seeing that much money.
Jody was the manager and Janie was the helper. Nanny transferred her hopes to Janie. Janie explains that she has returned alone because Tea Cake is gone but not for the reasons that the crowd on the porch assumes.
Tea Cake ended up treating his railroad money for roasted chicken and macaroni and did not invite Janie because he felt that she would not feel comfortable with his friends. Instead, she dreamt of things that truly makes her feel more alive, to live a full life; of having to experience a sense of adventure, of being loved, and being content as opposed to pretense and abiding by the social dictum.
Here, Hurston emphasized that age did not matter when it comes to love, that a younger man could fall in love with a much older woman. Even the end of the novel is a kind of prediction about Zora and her novel will be received by her own community.
Conclusion Their Eyes Were Watching God is a very good novel that uses fiction to tell a historical reality. It was this social reality that inspired Hurston with the idea of Eatonville, a community of all-black folks and Everglades where black migrants would travel during the planting season for work.
Black Folks in a White Society Their Eyes Were Watching God is a fictional story that tells a very realistic and non-fictitious perspective on the lives of the black folks, particularly of women. Small black towns were starting to sprout and most black men with the mind for business started opening up small merchandise shops Lee When Janie finally removed her head rag, it symbolized the innate realization of women to what she could be capable of.
These first chapters introduce the important and complex role that language and speech will play throughout the novel. Their Eyes were Watching God. This is similar to the sixteen-year-old Janie we meet at the beginning of the novel. Jody was afraid to lose Janie to other men so he forced her to hide her long beautiful hair under a head rag so that other men would not notice her as much.
With Tea Cake inviting Janie to play, it meant that he was acknowledging the ability of Janie to compete in a male-dominated society. It is an all-black settlement, the first in the nation, and Zora had fond memories of the time she spent growing up there.
Board of Trustees University of Illinois, Some are sojourners and would only stay for the working season and would migrate back during the off-season Phillips ; Coulter Zora became a virtual orphan, passed around by the family and attending school sporadically.
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Zora Neale Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is not an autobiography; however, it certainly contains biographical elements.
Zora grew up in Eatonville, Florida, one of the most.Download