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their eyes were watching god
Transcript of their eyes were watching god
Their Eyes Were Watching God was published in September 1937, long after the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance. The literature of the 1920s, a period of postwar prosperity, was marked by sense of freedom and experimentation, but the 1930s, brought the depression and an end to cultural openness that had allowed the Harlem Renaissance
Janie Mae Crowford Main protagonist.
Tea Cake Janie's tru love and her third husband.
Jody Starks Janie's second husband. A politician and a businessman.
Logan Killicks Janie's first husband.
The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God revolves around Janie. She the woman who is trying to find her voice and at last she has to kill her true love in order for the recognition of her voice.
Tea Cake Janie's first true love. He really loved her in fact he as 12 years younger than her but still has a real affection for her.
Jody is the man who is hungry for power, a consummate politician and mayor. As well as, an insecure man who can't tolerate the encouragement of a women.
Example of Author's style
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Author Zora Neale Hurston.
Their Eyes Were
Title Their Eyes Were Watching God.
D.O.P September 1937.
Genre Coming of Age novel.
date of publication
Biographical info about
Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891, in Notasulga, Alabama, to John Hurston, a carpenter and Baptist preacher, and Lucy Potts Hurston, a former schoolteacher. Hurston was the fifth of eight children, and while she was still a toddler, her family moved to Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black incorporated town in the United States, where John Hurston served several terms as mayor. In 1917, Hurston enrolled in Morgan Academy in Baltimore, where she completed her high school education.
Janie Crawford, an attractive, confident, middle-aged black woman, returns to Eatonville, Florida, after a long absence. The black townspeople gossip about her and -speculate about where she has been and what has happened to her young husband, Tea Cake. They take her confidence as aloofness, but Janie’s friend Pheoby Watson sticks up for her. Pheoby visits her to find out what has happened. Their conversation frames the story that Janie relates.
The author uses the Southern Black dialect.
'They sat there in the fresh young darkness close together. Pheoby eager to feel and do through Jannie, but hating to show her zest for fear it might be thought mere curiosity. Jannie full of oldest human - self revelation. Pheoby held her tongue for a long time, but she couldn't help moving her feet. So Jannie spoke'. Page 7.
1) Ships at distance have every man's wish on the board. For some they come in with tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.Page 1. 2) Jannie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone. Dawn and doom was in the branches.Page 8. 3) There are years that questions and years that answers. Page 21. 4) The years took all fight out of Jannie's face.Page 76. 5) Work all day for money, fight all night for love. The rich black earth clinging to bodies and biting the skin like ants. Page 131.
Significance of Quote 1
This quote is one of the significant quotes of the book because it describes the reality of man's life.Some men wish for the happiness and delight for their entire life, some want to see the dreams and want them to come true , they want their boat of desires to be on the harbor not just in the sea.Whereas, some just want to see dreams and do nothing and their boat of wishes just remains in the sea for their entire life and they like to see them from the distance. This this the reality of man's life.
Significance of quote 2
This quote describes Janie's life. The author beautifully resembles it with a big tree with leaves, where there are some things that suffer and some things that fully enjoys with happiness. Actually, she is telling us that Janie's life is just like an ordinary woman's life where there are ups and downs, where she has left her things incomplete which she has to complete.
Significance of quote 3
However, this quote seems like just an ordinary one but in real it's really deep.It describes that the man's life is split into two stages, one where years take to question. It's the question of life, that what is life? Years pass to answer this question and other have is spent in finding the answer for that question, but when the answer is finally found there is no more time for him to actually realize it because it's the time when he is living his last breaths.
Significance of quote 4
This quote describes the reality of life that a man changes throughout his entire life. He doesn't remains the same, changes occur as the situations change. Some times a man changes for himself so that he can live easily, but sometimes he changes his self for others so that other can get some relief.
Significance of quote 5
This quote actually describes what a life in real is. Life is full of hardships, it's not just for living for yourself it's for living for others too. A man spend his all life in making money and trying to survive,he works hard for all day.At the night when he comes back he is expected to keep his family happy and has to make them sure that he loves him and had to tell them again that they are only ones who he loves.But in real he is empty from inside.
Logan who was used to value the financial and responsibility over love.
She is black but flaunts her hair - like straight hair.
Tea Cake is twelve years younger than Janie and passionate for living life.
Jordy is a black insecure man.
Logan was the man much older than Janie. She was a young girl when she was forced to marry with that old guy.
Setting and Significance
The slave culture of southern U.S., through deed by the time of Janie's life, has a profound effect on the book, grounding all the discussion racism and emerging most strongly in the character of Nanny. Nanny's early experience as a slave shapes her mentality so that the highest honor she can imagine would be to occupy the position of a wealthy, married white women. She opposes the goal on Jannie and proceeds to ruin her grand daughter's life. Thus, even Jannie chafes under the continuing legacy of the slave tradition-racism and a twisted mentality what white is right.
Janie spends time in both rural and urban parts of the state Florida. Rural spaces seem to represent periods of innocence and relative happiness for Janie. She is comfortable living in nature, under the pear tree as a child in Everglades with Tea Cake in her final marriage. These rural settings emphasize Janie's poverty and the relative decency and integrity of the lower classes, giving the sense of naturalness and righteousness to Janie's innocence. The Everglades provides the necessary setting for the hurricane-a force of nature, destiny, and God-to interrupt Janie and Tea Cake's utopian life and bring tragedy on them.
The central urban setting, Eatonville, is a center of voice and corruption. There, chafing under the marriage to Joe, Janie loses her innocence most profoundly and discovers in herself the ability to deceive. Cities also means walls and, appropriately, Janie stifles in claustrophobic spaces where she is confined both physically and metaphorically by Joe.
Significance of the opening scene
Significance of the ending scene
The opening scene is significant because it sets up the theme of memory and past. We begin to learn and see who Janie is. It foreshadows the ending.
The closing scene is important because Janie finally figures out that she has a voice and can be herself. Even in tragic event of killing the one she loved, she found her life.
Significant lit. devices
Irony - an example of irony that I came across . Chapter 2 When Nanny was telling Janie about the time that Janie's mother was raped by the school teacher that Nanny had sent her to' Ah was spectin to make a school teacher outa here'... Dat school teacher had done hid in da woods al night long, and he had raped mah baby and run off just before day.'The irony in this can be found in how Nanny wanted Janie's mother to be a school teacher which was a respectable position to have, but yet her teacher went and raped her which isn't very honorable.
2.) Symbolism – Tea Cake provides a good example of symbolism in that he is a comforter and protector to Janie. Tea Cake is her love and protector; He keeps her safe and helps support their marriage by getting a job, house, and money. In the end he even sacrifices himself to protect her from a rabid dog. Tea Cake is also very symbolic of a savior in how he shows up and take Janie away from Eatonville where it appears that she is stuck in the rough of the world. She still is running the store and still has the reputation of being the former mayor’s wife. Even though Jody was dead, he was still controlling her from the grave and this is what Tea Cake saves her from.
3.) Point of View – The point of view in “There Eyes Were Watching God” seems to switch from First Person to Third Person at different times throughout the entire story. At times, Janie is telling us the story first-hand as she experienced it (first person). But at other times the story is being told through Janie’s thoughts and gives her perspective on things (third person). It even switches from first-person to third-person and back to first-person even within the paragraphs.
4.) Metaphor – A good example of a metaphor I found in There Eyes Were Watching God was the very first line of the book where it says, “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board”. Hurston is using the idea of a ship out on the horizon representing a man’s dream; sometimes it comes into the harbor and at other times it stays out on the horizon to eventually sail away.
5) Simile - In chapter 11, a simile is found when Tea Cake is combing Janie's hair and he tells her that her hair 'feels jus' lak underneath uh doves wings next to mah face' Tea Cake is comparing Janie's hair to the underside of the dove's wings because of how sift they are and that's why Tea Cake cannot keep his hands out of her hair.
Possible themes from the book
Tamkanat Jalal, Ellei, Mylesia, Sernedite, Sommer, Alex.
of the genre The coming of age novel
means that it's this novel which can change the mind sets of women that if Janie can raise her voice then they can also do the same.