Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, formed by American folklorist and creator, Zora Neale Hurston, delineates the challenging predicament of Janie Crawford in satisfying her dreams, while in pursuit of a compassionate, genuine mate. Zora Neale Hurston attempts to bring attention to issues caused by prejudice and discrimination. Zora Neale Hurston aims the readers to focus on people, love, culture, politics, and tradition also what it means to be human. The author tries to demonstrate cases of mistreatment through different character relationships, examples of inequality and equality are revealed through different relationships. Janie, the novel's main character, experiences both inequality and equality through the treatment she endured during her three marriages. Zora Neale Hurston's distinctive childhood experience depicted in “How it feels to Be Colored Me” in addition to utilizing the literary technique consisting an authentic foundation for character improvement and the central purpose of existence as self-fulfillment. Zora Neale Hurston's childhood and adolescent years as an African American female living in a vigorously prejudicial society altogether influenced Hurston's perspective and dynamic of the structure.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, women are confined by men to positions of passivity, domesticity, and pleading. Men treated women as objects of desire and impose standards on women by silencing their voices. Men were constraining their actions with notions of propriety, insulting their appearances, sexuality and men viewed woman as second-class citizens. Throughout the novel, women would show traditional male characteristics—ambition, intelligence, and authority they're stigmatized as too masculine and unattractive. Men, on the other hand, are always expected to be dominant. Male characters prove to their peers that they are real men by being masculinity with their wives.
Janie experience experiences connect with a protagonist of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie Mae Crawford when she cannot distinguish herself in a photo containing exclusively single African American child. Fundamentally, Janie is the representation of Hurston in the scholarly piece representing in distinguishing perceptions. Zora Hurston and Janie are strangers to themselves in the part of racial personality requiring physical reflection to discover skin pigmentation. Janie struggled to find herself while being surrounded by Caucasian children. Hurston's concentration was on her abilities while society held standards regarding skin color, therefore producing stereotypical standards. In the novel, men and women attained different roles. Women were considered the weaker sex and defined by their relationship to men. Marriage is significantly important to Janie to gain access to power and happiness.