Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Jasmine Hobbs
English 1102
November 2, 2012

Life’s Awakenings
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, there are many reasons why this novel has been referred to as an “awakening novel”. According to dictionary.com, an awakening is a recognition, realization, or coming into awareness of something. `Janie has major awakenings in her life. Janie is a young lady who is trying to find her own way in society, despite the morals she is raised on. Most women approach relationships by the way that they are raised, but Janie goes about hers in a different way. In Hurston’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God the protagonist, Janie experiences awakenings that lead to her self- realizations, new knowledge, and self -worth. The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God has been referred to as an “awakening novel”. A lot of events that take place throughout Janie’s life raise her awakening. When her awakening finally began to rise, she realizes she has to find things out for herself. When someone finds their awakening, it means they found something within them that they never knew was there. She cannot find her awakening until major moment has taken place.“Two things everybody's got tuh do fuhtheyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves (183)”. this quotes states that Janie has finally realized or is realizing that you cannot live for anyone but yourself.

Janie’s first awakening takes place under the pear tree. The pear tree awakens Janie’s self-fulfillment and sexual awakening. The pear tree symbolizes Janie's emerging womanhood and experiencing new knowledge on love. The tree opens up Janie’s lifelong search for love.The tree helps her fulfill things, this is why she spends so much time under the tree and begins to realize were she stands in her womanhood. “She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree soaking in the alto chant of the visiting bees, the gold of the sun and the panting breath of the breeze when the...
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