In the first few pages, Janie returns to her hometown of Eatonville, Florida, after nearly two years absence.
It is the second time I have picked up this book. The first time occurred about a decade ago, and I got intimidated and stopped reading. Sometimes I do that. I love classics and heavy reading, but occasionally I pick up one at the wrong time, like when I need a break through a Shopaholic bookand the classic novel goes by the wayside.
It really is a must read for any serious student of literature, which I pretend to be. I picked it back up with determination and found myself transported. Why had I not gotten into this book before? I wanted to scold my younger self.
From the first line, this book held me. From there, we get to know Janie, through her discussion with Phoeby of her life story, and we discover the wishes Janie had for herself.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. For this, I admire Hurston. Zora Neale Hurston from U. Library of Congress, public domain photo via Wikimedia Commons Yet sadly, the book was not recognized. Her work, as a novelist and anthropologist, was forgotten for several decades before Alice Walker found her and revived her.
Magazine inand subsequently an MLA session for minority literature was held at Yale in which copies of Their Eyes were distributed. As to the story, Their Eyes reminded me of Hurricane Katrina, and again brings to my attention the plight of African Americans even more than years after emancipation.
My interest in this can be read herebut I again want to reiterate that education is the key to alleviating poverty. Janie is light-skinned and has long beautiful hair.
Turner tries to set her up with her brother, telling Janie that Tea Cake is too dark and low class for her. In turn, the other men, also dark like Tea Cake, run Mrs. Despite its comedic effects, the scene highlights divisive issue in our nation and even among those who seem to be alike.
It is this judgment that encapsulates the novel. There is no escape from those who will spread lies and hurt. There is no escape from their listening ears and watching eyes, yet for Janie and Tea Cake, their eyes are watching God, and they learn this under the most strenuous circumstances, a hurricane.
There is a truth in life. It is in those times of deepest hurt or hardest trial that we tend to need God most, and I know that for me it is in those times that I watch God more intently and more humbly.
Their tale reminds me of the great Bible story in which Christ calms the storm on the ocean when his disciples are afraid of the winds and the rain. The judgment of others does not matter, and Janie ultimately teaches us how to do this. This theme of judgment is one that I constantly struggle with.
I have done this many times in my life, written off a person because of how they look or what they said in a first meeting. Yet, over and over, these people become my friends and I realize how wrong I was.
Hopefully, I can eventually learn not to jump to conclusions, but to love first.Jun 25, · I recently read Zora Neale Hurston’s masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God (). It is the second time I have picked up this book.
It is the second time I have picked up this book. The first time occurred about a decade ago, and I got intimidated and stopped reading. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie goes through an epic metamorphisis due to her marriages no matter how they met, how rough the relationship was, or how tradgic it may have ended.
Throughout Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston uses a number of different items as symbols to convey the significance of certain events that take place in Janie’s, the main characters, lifespan.
A summary of Chapter 6 in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Their Eyes Were Watching God and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Zora Neale Hurston uses her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, to portray power dynamics and other differences between men and women through the personal experience of the female protagonist, Janie Crawford.
Throughout the novel she directly compares the aspects of feminism and the norms of the stereotypical black townswomen to Janie’s own brave and rebellious character. Love in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston () is a search for self-fulfillment and true love.
On a porch in a small town called Eatonville a story is told about an attractive African American women's journey.