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Their Eyes were watching God ABC

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on 13 April 2015

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Transcript of Their Eyes were watching God ABC

The novel Their eyes were watching God. Was written by Zora Neal Hurston. She wrote the novel during the Harlem Renaissance. " Their eyes were watching God published, September 18 (pg.215)." She published other books before and after Their eyes. Though she had other books; their eyes is her best known for Their eyes were watching God.
Z (Zora Neal Hurston)
A(Allusion)
Throughout the novel, Their Eyes were watching God, Zora Neale Hurston uses the literary element of allusion to reflect various themes and ideas of the text. For example, Hurston wrote a brief direct reference to a historical event. She wrote," Dat mornin' on de big plantation close to Savannah, a rider come in a gallop tellin' 'bout Sherman taking Atlanta.
B(Biblical Reference)
Throughout, the novel, Hurston used Biblical Reference to reflect the ideas of the text. For example, Hurston wrote about how nanny didn't have much time time to live. She wrote " One mornin' soon, now de angle wid de sword is goin tuh stop by here. De day and de hour is hid from me, but it wont be long. Ah ast de lawd when you was uh infant in mah arms[...] he done spared me to see de day (pg.15)." Hurston does not directly say nanny is going to die, she said the angel will take her away.
H(Harlem Renaissance)
During the time Hurston wrote Their eyes were watching God, was called the Harlem Renaissance. "Zora Neale Hurston published seven books [....] and more than fifty sorter works between the middle of the Harlem Renaissance and the end of the Korean war (pg.195-96)." The Harlem Renaissance was a time during the 20s. Where African-American works became popular.
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Their Eyes were watching God ABC Project
J(Joking)
In the novel, Hurston use jokes to reflect the ideas of the text. For
example, Hurston wrote " Gal you sho looks good. You looks like youse yo' own daughter." They both laughed (pg.4)." The character Phoebe jokes with the protagonist Janie about her appearance. Janie walks back into town shoe less, dirty and wearing overalls.

N(Frame Narrative)
S(Symbolism)
Throughout, the novel, Hurston used the literary element of symbolism to reflect the various themes and ideas of the text. For instance, the character nanny continuously talks about the ship during the Civil War. The ship is symbolic of the freedom nanny yearns. Hurston writes, "[...] ah could see uh big ship at a distance and a great stirrin' round. [...]and all of us slaves were free (pg.18)."
V(Vernacular)
In the novel, Hurston uses vernacular to shape how the characters speech. The vernacular of the characters is a southern accent. This makes the novel rich and complicated in text. The author writes, "y'all let her worry yuh. You ain't like me.Ah ain't got her to study 'bout. If she ain't got manners enough to stop and let folks know how she been makin' out, let her g'wan (pg.3)!"
V(Vernacular)
In the novel, Hurston uses vernacular to shape how the characters speck. The vernacular of the characters is a southern accent. This makes the novel rich and complicated in text, The author writes, "y'all let her worry yuh. You ain't like me. Ah ain't got her to study 'bout. If she ain't got manners enough to stop and let folks know how she been makin' out, let her g'wan (pg.3)!"
T(Theme)
Y(Yearning or Yielding)
In the book, Hurston used frame narrative. Frame narrative is when a story, is told with in a story. "Old nanny sat there rocking Janie like an infant and thinking back and back. Mind-pictures brought feelings, and feelings dragged out dramas from the hollows of her heart (pg.16)." In the book nanny; tells a story to Janie in the book.
In Their Eyes were watching God; the theme is a women standing up for herself. "Their Eyes is a bold feminist novel,[...] concern with the project of finding a voice (pg.197)." In the novel Janie deals with, not knowing what love is. She deals with two marriages, that were love less. Though that change when she met Tea Cake, and after she meets him she found her voice.
In the novel, Hurston used yearning or yielding to show how the characters felt. "The man was in blue, and ah heard people say Sherman was comin' to meet de boats in Savannah, and all of us slaves was free (pg.18)." Hurston used yearning or yielding, to show how nanny wanted to be free.
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