Their Eyes Were Watching God

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The Different Styles of Writing
Maturation is the main idea behind the work of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God with the main character, Janie, experiencing her coming of age as she goes through criticizing judgment almost every single day. Throughout the novel, Hurston uses many different metaphors to express her ideas, which also define the style she uses. The passage I have selected includes when Janie first arrives to town. Hurston had described the town mostly as, “These sitters had been tongueless, earless, eyeless conveniences all day long…They passed nations through their mouths. They sat in judgment.” (Hurston 1). Hurston combined not only a metaphor, but personification as well as she was describing the people. Hurston might be believed to have used that specific metaphor because that’s how she viewed the people of that town; all they ever did was talk, talk, talk about anything and everything or anyone and everyone. It was like their mouths were tornados, raving at hundreds of miles per second. A reader could conclude that Hurston had chosen to work with metaphors for the pure fact that metaphors can go for miles. Hurston had also tied in imagery with her metaphors. For example, Hurston described the men’s view of Janie as, “Her firm buttocks like she had grape fruits in her hip pockets; the great rope of black hair…Pugnacious breast” and the women’s view of Janie as, “Faded shirt and muddy overalls…Still it was a hope that she might fall to their level some day” (Hurston 2). The men had viewed Janie as this great looking; wondrous woman, while the women were disgracing her clothing but at the same time were wishing they could’ve been her. Hurston manages to work well with imagery, making the reader able to visualize her worded pictures extremely well.

Even more throughout the novel, Hurston works with personification like there’s no tomorrow. Hurston stated that the town had even more judgment, “So they chewed up the back...
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