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Connections of Their Eyes Are Watching God, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Poem)

Two works of African American women’s literature are Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and, Maya Angelou’s, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” Both stories give example to an oppressed character and the difficulties of their lives. Through description of character, language and their surroundings they tell that adventure. As well as these two works, “What to a Slave is the fourth of July,” also shares a special connection to the literary works. These connections include the story...

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"Invisible Man" Comparative Essay

This shift came about because of the many talented African-American writers, actors, speakers and activists who worked so hard to gain respect for themselves and their culture. Two writers were on the front lines of this movement, Zora Neale Hurston and Ralph Ellison. Their novels, Invisible Man and Their Eyes Were Watching God, probed deeply into the life and culture of the African-American, something that was practically unheard of. But not only did their novels shed light on...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie states “Love is like the sea. It's uh movin' thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore.” What Janie means by this statement is that love is something that changes form with every person one meets, and that love is never the same with someone else. What Janie fails to realize is that she is both the sea and the shore and that the love she is looking for is inside herself. ...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Literary Criticism

Ariela Gavrilov Kanu – 7 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston Literary Criticism By Bethany Maupin “In the male-dominated society of the early 1900s, women had a certain place with specific duties to fulfill. Women were pretty to look at, but had no mind of their own. Thus, they didn’t need to make speeches, voice their opinion, or vote. Women could work in the home, on the farm, or in a store, but that was as close as they got to the world of the men. Outside of work...

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The Literal and Interpreted Meaning of "Spunk"

The Literal and Interpreted Meaning of “Spunk” The Literal and Interpreted Meaning of “Spunk” The word “spunk” is literally defined as a noun used to describe someone who has “informal courage or spirit” (****). The story “Spunk” by Zora Neale Hurston is about a disagreement between two men over a woman. The woman is married to a man named Joe Kanty and is adulterating with the town bully, Spunk. Ironically, Spunk’s attitude reflects the definition of the literal word. He is feared by everyone...

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Character Analysis of Sykes

 Eatonville does not sound anything like Eden, but Zora Neale Hurston’s short story, “Sweat” still brings to mind the Garden of Eden. Maybe it is the title, “Sweat,” that brings to mind Genesis 3:19, “By the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat…” Or it might be the snake that makes it reflect the Biblical Fall. It is not a mirror image of course. Delia is not Eve, and Sykes is not Adam. In fact, Sykes seems more like the serpent. Sykes is a callous, brutal, vain, and worthless man. Sykes is an insensitive...

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How It Feels to Be Colored Me

How It Feels To Be Colored Me “How It Feels To Be Colored Me” is an original writing from Zora Neale Hurston. The writing describes Zora Hurston’s own perception of her life and being colored. Zora begins by describing her life in the small all colored town of Eatonville, Florida. The town had no whites except for those that passed through. Most people didn’t acknowledge the whites that passed through but she was fond of them and enjoyed talking and preforming for them. She did not see the whites...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

that contradict her independence and personal development. These outward influences from society, her grandma, and even significant others contribute to her curiosity. Tension builds between outward conformity and inward questioning, allowing Zora Neal Hurston to illustrate the challenge of choice and accountability that Janie faces throughout the novel. Janie’s Grandma plays an important outward influence from the very beginning. Her perspective on life was based off of her experience as a slave...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Destinee Mills November 1, 2013 2nd Period 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...

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Zora Neale Hurston - Sense of Self

Feels to Be Colored Me" Zora Neale Hurston recalls her upbringing in an all black town, and her move to a mostly white town in the heart of racist Alabama. The author is exposed to racism and through the interaction school of symbolic interaction; she feels above the ignorance of society and negotiates her sense of self as a woman rather than as a colored person. The interaction school describes how the author has an active role in deciding who she is. When colored people Hurston knows are shaping his...

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