November 1, 2013
Their Eyes Were Watching This Book Report
Their eyes were watching god but your eyes will be watching, and be glued to, this book report. The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God written by Zora Neale Hurston is a captivating tale of a woman, Janie Crawford, who sets out on the path to actualize her womanhood and, in doing so, faces many trials and hardships. Some of the primary and most prominent themes in Their Eyes Were Watching God include body-image and anything relating to it; to include hair, body shape and size, skin tone, etc., love, and hedonism. Other, more minor and less conspicuous, themes in the novel include gossip, religion, and tragedy. Summary of Content:
The novel begins as Janie confidently struts back into her town despite all the judgmental faces that stare her down as she does so. Many of the towns women are sitting and gossiping about Janie but her friend, Pheoby Watson, sticks up for her and goes to check on Janie at her home. This is when Janie begins to tell her story. She tells of her Nanny who raised her and how intent she was to marry Janie off which she eventually does to a man named Logan Killicks. Janie is unsatisfied in her marriage to Logan and eventually begins to flirt with a man who is passing through the town named Joe Starks, or Jody as Janie calls him. She runs off with Jody to the all-black town of Eatonville where Jody quickly becomes quite prestigious. Joe begins to control all aspects of Janie’s life which dissatisfies Janie and after months of the two not speaking Joe grows ill and dies. Janie stays single for quite some time but after a new man, twelve years Janie’s junior, comes to town everything changes and the two begin dating and eventually marry. Janie and her new husband, Tea Cake, move to the Everglades and live happily for two years until a hurricane comes through. As the two flee from the waters Tea Cake is bitten by a rabid dog and falls ill later. In his...
Cited: Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: HarperCollins, 2006. Print.
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