Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Zora Neale Hurston is an African American author who uses different styles of writing to describe her characters. In “Their Eyes Were Watching God” she transforms from a colloquial kind of writing to a formal kind of writing using it back and forth to develop the tone towards characters. Hurston develops the theme of the pursuit of dreams and finding oneself through the use of imagery, symbols and diction. The protagonist of this is book Janie who views life as a journey that she’s yet to complete is constantly in a battle of finding the true meaning of happiness through finding true love and trying to make it to the “horizon”. Throughout the book Hurston uses nature to describe her main characters and to create an understanding of her book to the reader. Hurston develops the theme at the beginning of the book with the introduction of “ships at a distance”. “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For some they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That’s the life of men.” (pg. 1) Janie’s journey is seen through her grandmother and her three marriages, her solely purposes of finding her dreams of the true meaning of love. For some people they never find their horizons while others keep searching for it just like Janie did. Janie’s challenges throughout the book are conveyed by the use of imagery to conjure positive ideas to the reader’s mind. Hurston compares Janie’s love to “the pear tree” where she sees love as something so perfect. She compares love to blue skies, sunny days, bee pollinating pear blossom trees. Hurston’s use of...
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