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  • Tea Cake White Men
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    The Use of Race in Their Eyes Were Watching God This novel, while poetically conveying a black woman's pursuit of true love, seriously addresses society's ability to be judgmental and oppressive. Gender, race, economic security, and social stratification share equally important roles in the development of the main character, Janie. Hurston vividly describes how each qualification specifically affects the character, although the racial implications are much more subtle. This subtlety allows the r...
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  • Cultural Tradition Literate Society
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    ... f of talk: "It was the time to hear things and talk. " Janey ends the novel with a comment on this talk: "Talking don't amount to a hill of beans when yuh can't do nothin' else. " The bulk of the novel itself is composed of Janey's dialogue. The book addresses the role of language, oral ity and speaking in society and inner growth. Why the emphasis on language, and it's opposite, silence? Without the silence in Janey's earlier years, could she have asked questions? How could she have found q...
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  • Tea Cake Verbal Abuse
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    The theme of violence is very evident in Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. One of these evident violent actions is spousal abuse. Harsh words that cannot be recalled are spoken in moments of anger or stress. Verbal and physical abuse are as old as human relationships. They are ways of asserting power and maintaining authority, of venting pent-up anger, or, in its meanest occurrences, an explosion of drunken fury. Joe asserts his power over Janie by striking her several ti...
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  • Eyes Were Watching God Falls In Love
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    Love is an extremely important aspect 5 of our society today. Just about everyone wants to fall in love, get married, and have a family. NO one wants to be alone. We all want someone to be there for us. Someone to care for us, and we want to care for someone as well. Some people have a very easy time finding that someone to love. For others its not as easy. Some people spend years searching for a true love. S 9 ome still have to wait once they find that love. Some make extremely difficult sacrif...
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  • Amanda Tried To Scare Back To The City Book
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    The Headless Cupid, written by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, is a scary, mystery adventure book. The story starts when the four Stanley kids; David, Janie, Esther and Blair, meet their new stepsister, Amanda who says she knows witchcraft. I chose this book because I like mysteries and the picture on the cover caught my attention. The basic theme of this book is how Amanda, who doesnt like living out in the country with her new stepfather and step siblings, tries to scare them enough so they want to mov...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God Research
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    Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" Research Paper "I am Me, My Eyes Toward God" Mark Evans Zora Neale Hurston an early twentieth century Afro-American feminist author, was raised in a predominately black community which gave her an unique perspective on race relations, evident in her novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Hurston drew on her on experiences as a feminist Afro-American female to create a story about the magical transformation of Janie, from a young un confident girl...
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  • Joe Starks Simon Legree
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    Although Hurston's novel Their Eyes Were Watching God is a widely read novel today, that wasnt always the case. When her novel was first published, many black readers were enraged. It wasnt until the early seventies when Hurston's novel was rediscovered and thus eventually brought back into the literary canon. What aspects of the novel enraged the readers so that it would be forgotten for more than thirty years? One of the most important aspects of the novel that enraged the black readers was Hu...
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  • Raped Because Nanny Protecting Her From Being Raped Janie
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    Janie's vision at the beginning of the book is like a pear tree in bloom, however she changed into a pragmatic person who is not so juvenile and immature through the interactions with the people that she meets. Nanny has been a big influence on her because she was her mother for a long time. Joe was a bad influence on her because he taught her things that were not good to learn, like how a wife is supposed to be according to Joe. Logan Killicks was a man that Nanny picked out and Janie did not c...
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  • Comparing Winterkill And Their Eyes Were Watching God
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    Winterkill is about a man named Danny. He is a failing rodeo cowboy who is also an American Indian. Years before the novel started, his wife and their baby son left him. When she dies later on, he decides to go find his son, Jack, and rescue him from his abusive stepfather. All this is an introduction once they go on the annual winter hunting trip Danny and his father Red Shirt used to go on. Their Eyes Were Watching God showcased a woman named Janie, and her struggle to find her true love. Befo...
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  • African American Culture Tea Cake
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    The historical significance of Hurstons Their Eyes were Watching God is what it teaches the reader about African-American culture (particularly in the south) from the 1890 s to about the 1920 s. The book is a fabulous example of every aspect of African-American life. There are many different characters that show a different type of personality. Nanny represents an older woman who was born into slavery, and feels that Janie must have a man to protect her. Logan plays the role of the old stubborn ...
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  • Their Eyes Were Watching God
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    Joe (Jody) Starks is Janie's second husband. She meets one day while still married to Logan. Joe proposes to Janie several weeks later, she accepts and feels that she can finally get away from Logan and start a new life. Joe's desire is to be a 'big voice, ' in the community. This soon creates conflict for his new wife. Janie understands she is an "ornament" for Joe because of her physical characteristics. Joe wants Janie to be seen and not heard. He wants her to be his "light-skinned trophy" fo...
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  • Love And Marriage Logan Killicks
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    Nanny was determined that Janie would break the cycle of oppression of black women, who were 'mules for the world'. (Both of Janie's first two husbands owned mules and the way they treated their mules paralleled to the way they treated Janie. Logan Killicks worked his mule demandingly and Joe Starks bought Matt Bonner's mule and put it out to pasture as a status symbol. ) After joyfully discovering an archetype for sensuality, love, and marriage under a pear tree at sixteen, Janie quickly comes ...
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  • Zora Neale Hurston Eyes Were Watching God
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    HER EYES WERE WATCHING GOD OUTLINE I Introduction 3 II. Zora Neale Hurston's background 3 III. Context of the Changing Roles of Women 4 IV. Symbolism of the Pear Tree in the Novel 7 V. Search for Identity 8 VI. Conclusion 10 VII. Works Cited 11 I. Introduction Historically speaking the women of the world have, since time immemorial, been making waves in making world changes for the sake of humanity. They were instruments in transforming lives of millions of people; they were great fighters of wa...
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  • Zora Neale Hurston Eyes Were Watching God
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    ... that sexuality can bring happiness but it also can very often it can bring troubles. In the society of slaveholders sexuality can bring unhappiness, grief and death. The author wants to bring attention to that matter, to stress that it was terrible to be a slave, but it was an unspeakable terror to be a female slave. Telling the incident with her uncle Benjamin she mentioned that the slave trader wished Benjamin was a girl: He said he would give any price if the handsome lad was a girl. We t...
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  • Eyes Were Watching God Major Themes
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    Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Zora Neale Hurston, is a novel of self-realization about a woman on a quest for her own identity. Other black writers of the Harlem Renaissance were angry that Their Eyes Were Watching God was not a novel of bitter social realism, but one of joy and celebration. In her novel, Hurston dares to portray the black woman as a hero. The first chapter of Their Eyes Were Watching God introduces some of the novel s major themes. Judgment and dreams are two of the ...
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  • Moral Dilemma Moral Implications
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    Eradication of a Moral Dilemma Anyone who has seen a movie or has read a story about vampires is also aware of the horror associated with them. When the word vampire is mentioned, it conjures up the stereotypical, repulsive image of Bella Lugosi, killing and sucking the blood of his prey. Vampires have been viewed as cruel monsters that go on senseless killing rampages. They have been consistently portrayed as the evil villain, but what makes a vampire evil? Kristine Kathryn Rusch s Children of ...
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  • Eyes Were Watching God Tea Cake
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    There Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston In the early 1900 s the black (particularly women) were still very much being shunned by the whites, at this time in American history there was much unrest amongst the black community. During this period, groups like the NAACP (national association for the advancement of colored people) And The American Civil Liberties Union was still in their infant stages. But these groups had no bearing on the unjust racist feelings toward blacks in the south...
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  • Native American Culture House
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    In Linda Hogan? s 1998 novel Power, much is learned about Native American culture. The main characters, Omishto and Ama help reveal this culture. The novel is divided into nine chapters. In Chapter 1, ? Omishto, ? a girl is in a boat that is floating on a pond. She notices that there is a storm coming in. She describes the pond and the area around it. A snake tries to enter the girl? s boat, but she pushes it out with a pole, and then she moves the boat to land. As she does this, she feels somet...
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  • Tea Cake Feels Free
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    Janie Crawford, the main character of Zora Neale Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God, strives to find her own voice throughout the novel and, in my opinion, she succeeds even though it takes her over thirty years to do it. Each one of her husbands has a different effect on her ability to find that voice. Janie discovers her will to find her voice when she is living with Logan. Since she did not marry him for love, tensions arise as time moves on and Logan begins to order her around. But Janie ...
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  • Zora Neale Hurston Eyes Were Watching God
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    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston? s unique novel of a girl evolving into a woman, is a story of finding one? s personal identity and the process in getting to that level. Achieving this difficult goal is accomplished only by those who overcome multifarious struggles and have the faith to believe that everything will prosper. Hurston? s example of such a person is the novel? s main character, Janie Crawford-Killicks-Starks-Woods. ...
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