Their Eyes Were Watching God | Study Guide

Zora Neale Hurston

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Weeks Hurston took to write Their Eyes Were Watching God while traveling in Haiti 7 Themes Author Harlem Renaissance author Hurston grew up in Eatonville, Florida, where Their Eyes Were Watching God is set. Married three times, her affair with a younger man inspired the novel's character Tea Cake. Hurston was a respected anthropologist, often weaving African American folklore into her writing. Zora Neale Hurston 1891–1960 Symbols Main Characters Narrator, Chapter 2 JanieAfrican American woman seeking love and identity LoganHardworking farmer; first husband whom Janie is forced to marry JoeAmbitious store owner and mayor; Janie’s controlling second husband PheobyJanie’s closest friend; hears her life story Tea CakeThird husband with whom Janie finds love and partnership Set in Florida in the late 1920s and early 1930s, Their Eyes Were Watching God traces Janie Mae Crawford’s journey to womanhood. Married three times, Janie eventually discovers true love and, in the process, finds herself. Janie’s quest for identity reveals the obstacles that an African American woman faced in the early 20th century. Who Am I? OVERVIEW Words in the epithet Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple ) inscribed on Hurston’s tombstone: A Genius of the South 5 Year the novel was adapted for television, starring Halle Berry and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey 2005 Symbolizes change, growth, sexuality, and femininity Pear Tree Symbolizes freedom from limitations The Horizon Represents breaking free from suppression and control Hair Finding LoveAfter Joe’s death, Janie finds deep, thrilling love with a younger man called Tea Cake. Growing UpJanie leaves Logan to marry ambitious store owner Joe, and together they build a successful community. Returning HomeAcquitted of murder after killing Tea Cake to save herself, she returns to her former home at peace. IdentityJanie searches for andfinds a voice of her own through relationships and change. GenderJanie's search for love occurs against a background of gender power relationships. Their Eyes Were Watching God by the Numbers NannyJanie’s grandmother; formerly enslaved IndependenceCharacters struggle to overcome limitations imposed by gender and race. romeo-and-juliet-william-shakespeare Sources: Alabama Women's Hall of Fame, Estate of Zora Neale Hurston, IMDb, NOAA, Time, University of Central Florida Center for Humanities and Digital Research Copyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc. he had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with life but it seemed to elude her. Zora Neale Hurston 1937 English Novel Author Year Published Original Language Their Eyes Were Watching God Drama Enduring TragedyJanie and Tea Cake flee a hurricane, but when he’s bitten by a rabid dog while saving her she’s forced to make a terrible choice. Early LifeJanie is raised by her grandmother, who convinces her to marry a farmer, Logan, at 16.

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