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Donastorg 1Darren DonastorgProfessor LandrusENG 112: Section 20015 October 2021Analysis ofTheir Eyes Were Watching God: Society and ClassHow Race Is or Is Not Linked to Class in The Novel.Should race determine the social class among individuals? In the novel, “Their EyesWere Watching God”by Zora Hurston, race is highly prioritized in the novel. The bookportrays racism and race in American South around 20thC with great complexity. As per thenovel, White people occupies the high class, which leave Black American in the lowerclasses. Therefore, this novel links race to class and society, the basic premise that it holdswhite men as fundamentally mightier than blacks through oppression, wealth, traditionalnotions, resentment, and attitudes.In most cases, people tie social class to material wealth.Their Eyes Were WatchingGoddraws an inverse relationship between one's race to their social class. According toCepeda’s argument morality is another aspect linking wealth to race (p. 61). From the novel,Janie is black and lives a happy, honest life. As evidenced in the novel chapter 2 page 8 "Janiesaw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done andundone. Dawn and doom was in the branches” (Neale p.8). She is seen in the bar with Jody,whom they have fun with since they are black, and society sees them doing better. Also, themigrant workers of the lower class are seen having fun all the time, which makes the upperclass envious of them because they have unsatisfying lives.

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