Monday, June 4, 2012

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

 The novel narrates main character Janie Crawford's "ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.” Set in central and southern Florida in the early 20th century, the novel was initially poorly received for its rejection of racial uplift literary prescriptions. Today, it has come to be regarded as a seminal work in both African American literature and women's literature.

Their Eyes Were Watching God helps portray the struggles and experiences that a female teenager faces as they approach womanhood. The main character Jane struggles to find the right husband that truly loves her for who she is and does not try to control her. She goes through many different men before finding the right one, called "Tea Cake." This book is great for teenagers especially girls to read because it shows how Janie lives her life and the trouble she goes through to find the right man. It also shows her maintaining her courage and independence even when things do not happen the way she planned. It also helps understand the difficult lives that African Americans lived in the beginning of the 1900's especially because of racial discrimination.

Favorite Quote:
"Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly." 

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