A critique of their eyes were watching god a novel by zora neale hurston

Ah raked and scraped and bought dis lil piece uh land so you wouldn't have to stay in de white folks' yard and tuck yo' head befo' other chillun at school.

Or at least to tell it to her best friend Pheoby, who Janie knows will relay it to the curious but envious town folk in the African-American enclave of Eatonville, in the Florida Everglades. He asks her to run the store but forbids her from taking part in the social life that takes place on the store's front porch.

The town of Eatonville is as real in these pages as Jacksonville is in the pages of Rand McNally; and the lives of its people are rich, racy, and authentic. But for Tea Cake's funeral, she wears workers' blue overalls, showing that she cared less for what society thought of her as she got older.

Janie soon realises that Starks wants her as a trophy wife to reinforce his powerful position in town. He likens them to children and livestock that need constant tending and direction.

In a rich prose which has, at the same time, a sort of nervous sensibility she tells the tale of a girl who "wanted things sweet with mah marriage, lak when you sit under a pear tree and think. Janie went back to her town after that, her late years to be mellowed with the knowledge of how wide life can be.

zora neale hurston biography

It is folklore fiction at its best, which we gratefully accept as an overdue replacement for so much faulty local color fiction about Negroes. As she expected, the residents gossip about her when she returns to town.

Their eyes were watching god themes

For instance, he keeps her from working with the rest of the people down on the muck because he believes she is above common folk. Otherwise the narration is exactly right, because most of it is in dialogue, and the dialogue gives us a constant sense of character in action. Her characters eat and laugh and cry and work and kill; they swing like a pendulum eternally in that safe and narrow orbit in which America likes to see the Negro live: between laughter and tears. At first, Janie is doubtful, as she is older and has wealth, but she eventually falls in love with him. And after the hurricane there is a great to-do lest white and black victims be buried together. Janie's Nanny explained to Janie at a young age how African-American women were objectified as mules. The title carries a suggestion of "The Green Pastures," but it is to this extent misleading; no religious element dominates this story of human relationships. A must read in these times of women-hating rhetoric in Drumpf's amerikkka. This is the great tale of black female survival in a world beset by bad weather and bad men. Nanny escaped from her jealous mistress and found a good home after the end of the American Civil War. The love story of Janie and Tea Cake is one of stupendous beauty. Her first marriage with Logan she was being controlled by Logan Killicks. All the folks of the town, of course, envied Janie. Joe strives for equality with white men [25] , particularly the mayor of the white town across the river from Eatonville. Janie raised her voice, but still, she remained susceptible to suppression and abuse.

She sees herself as a working animal with no voice, there for the amusement of others and at the expense of her own free will.

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