Throughout the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Hurston, the use of dialogue and language becomes prevalent . Zora Hurston is famously known to have mastered the dialogue of the African American people and uses that skill in her writing to show a deeper meaning. Language and dialogue are used in this story to show the relation between people, and even the power and influence that certain individuals have. Through the use of dialogue and language, Zora Hurston is able to convey her attitudes towards characters and their situations. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Hurston uses dialogue to show the relation between individuals. She more specifically uses dialog to show how Janie came from a higher class than most of the people she encountered. In her story of her youth, Janie talks of how she lived in the back yard of a nice white family. The family treated her as an equal by playing with her and even giving her clothes that they grew out of. Whenever Janie would go to school, the colored kids would always exclude her from their games because she was not like them. She neither talked like them, nor even dressed like them. The kids treated her wrongly because of their jealousy towards her (9). Yet again she is treated differently because she is of a higher class. Jody won’t let her sit and talk with the people in the front of the store because he believes that they are “trash” compared to her (54) After Janie comes back from her life with Tea Cake, a poor younger man, to her hometown, Janie is still criticized by the townspeople for being of a higher class. They gossip about her running off with Tea Cake; despite this, Janie is only ever pleasant to them (1-3). She is never able to escape her elevated relations with the common people and it follows her to her death. Consistently throughout Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Hurston uses language and dialog to show power, or the lack of power. When the story begins, Janie seems to be completely
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An important assertion that shows up multiple times throughout the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is race. Throughout the story there was constant racial prejudice coming from both, the African American race and the Whites. A quote that supports this assertion is, “Ah thought you would ‘preciate good treatment. Thought Ah’d take and make somethin’ outa yuh. You think youse white folks by de way you act,” (Hurston….
"De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see."
--Nanny, Their Eyes Were Watching God 14
This quote establishes the novel's unusual perspective on gender difference. It's the story of a woman's struggle with power. During this time, African American women were looked upon as the mules of the world, because the men were considered the "Gods." Society believed that since they were the men of their households, whatever they said was the way it went. The novel set the tone….
convey love in Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. The strongest device is symbolism. Another book that is also relatable to this style is Romeo and Juliet. Hurston’s novel along with Shakespeare’s both use smaller methods to describe the larger device. Romeo and Juliet also has a lot of similarities to Their Eyes Were Watching God, through the symbolism of love. In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet found her only love in her only hate, and Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God found she hated….
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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston has a happy ending Weldon describes. Janie in the end reconciliates and reassess herself spiritually.
When Janie’s final husband of this book dies she really gets love. All of what she’s been through has really taught her what love really is. She says, “Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different….
Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, shows the development of an African-American woman living in the 1920s and 1930s as she searches for her true identity. Janie was a half-white, half-black girl growing up in Florida in the early 1930 's, living with her grandmother, struggling to find her place in life. Janie’s transformation throughout the book shows a change through language and the development of Janie’s voice through the different stages of her life. Their Eyes Were Watching God is a narrative….
Their Eyes Were Watching God
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Houston reveals the injustice of life as an African-American female during the early 20th century. Through narration, Houston sheds light upon the ignorance and biased perceptions in the African-American society that help to mold expectations for individuals while also placing limits upon them. Expressing hatred amongst their own elevates the telling of the novels bildungsroman and a woman’s strong desire and belief in her….
Development of a Character with the Use of Figurative Language
Throughout the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, author Zora Neale Hurston is able to go into great detail using various forms of figurative language. With the use of assorted metaphors and symbols, she is able to express the feelings and emotions of Janie, the main character. Zora Neale Hurston uses figurative language in Their Eyes Were Watching God to develop Janie’s character and love life over time.
Janie’s hair is used as a symbol….
life. Zora Neale Hurston chooses to define Janie not by what is wrong in her life, but by what is good in it. Janie changes a lot from the beginning to the end of Their Eyes Were Watching God, but the imagery in her life always conjures positive ideas in the mind of the reader.
<br>Janie's life begins under the watchful eye of her grandmother. Her grandmother has given up her own happiness to raise Janie and her mother. Right away, it is obvious that Janie's life is going to be different than….
A Prospectus: Reading Hurtson’s Their Eyes Were Watching God from a Psychoanalytical Perspective
Psychoanalytic theory has shown that infants start identifying themselves and recognize that they are individuals, separate from their mothers, at six months of age. At that age, the individuals’ own identity starts to form as they relate their reflection in the mirror to their own self. This is when texts such as Their Eyes Were Watching God become relevant. The protagonist, Janie Crawford….
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With a Foreword by Edwidge Danticat
To Henry Allen Moe
Janie’s Great Journey: A Reading Group Guide
Foreword by Edwidge Danticat
Foreword by Mary Helen Washington
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1 Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board.
2 Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf…
3 There are years that ask questions and years that
4 Long before….