Reflection Their Eyes Were Watching God

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“Their eyes were watching God” a novel by Zora Neale Hurston left me with a lot of wandering thoughts and questions. Through annotating these two literary criticisms by Claire Crabtree, Jordan Jennifer and two social issues by Keith Richburg and Anne Kingston I learned a lot about what was going on with the protagonist Janie in the story and deep in her Feminist mind and why she did some of the things she did. The first source by Jennifer changed the way I thought about Janie in the book. It was always mind boggling to me as to why Janie would just leave one man and go on to the next man with in a sense the same traits. This source shed light on what Janie might have been thinking. Some questions that came to mind were those such as; “what does Janie feel is true love?” The author’s argument is true and very convincing. After reading my two articles on my social issue of Feminism I came to a better understanding of what women and young girls all around the world felt they had to do to gain that little bit of feminist feelings. While women’s rights and all these other laws are passed it still seems as if feminism throughout the world does not exist and women are not equal. Before annotating these articles and thoroughly reading through them I always thought women had the most power and had full control of what happens in the world but after reading through the articles I came to a better understanding of how women felt and what women had to do to feel somewhat equal. Lastly the literary criticism by Crabtree with explanations of the folk themes and the novels use of feminism gave me a better understanding of the background of the novel “Their eyes were Watching God” and why some of the things that happened occurred and how the characters reacted to it. This alone changed the way I thought about the topic. Some questions that were derived from annotating this essay were those such as; what is a strong black woman? And is this book more of the folkore...
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