Their Eyes Were Watching God Questions and Answers
by Zora Neale Hurston

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How are Janie's silence and interiority portrayed in Their Eyes Were Watching God? Find at least four quotes or pieces of evidence and explain.

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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s interiority is portrayed as a strength and is reflective of the way she processes traumatic life crises. The story is written from Janie’s subjective point of view, which allows the reader to understand her internal experiences as she navigates love, loss, and self-revelation. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, the language of male characters is not distinguished by this type of interiority, which makes a statement about the ways in which women cope with—and thrive despite—oppressive circumstances.

Janie states,

’Course, talkin’ don’t amount tuh uh hill uh beans when yuh can’t do nothin’ else ... Pheoby, you got tuh go there tuh know there. Yo papa and yo mama and nobody else can’t tell yuh and show yuh. Two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God,...

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