Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Compare and Contrast Essay Many different styles of literary devices are used to 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 many of different loves, but in the end neither character had any regrets about love. On the surface, love often resembles hatred illustrated by symbolism through allegory, archetypes, and imagery revealing; love is the worthiest of all pursuits.
“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 inaudible voice of it all came to her. She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold a revelation. Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left herlimp and languid” (Chapter 2, page 11). This quote uses many different archetypes to help emphasize the need that Janie had for marriage. She wanted to have a relationship like the bees and the flowers. She had an idea of what marriage should be like and she never felt like that with Logan. “Well, do not swear: although I joy in thee, I have no joy of this contract to-night: It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden; Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be,” (Act 2, Scene 2, Line 13). Juliet felt the same way when she was forced to marry Paris. It was too sudden and rash of a

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