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

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How does Janie feel about her role in the town at first in the story Their Eyes Were Watching God?

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This is an interesting question, given the way in which Zora Neale Hurston organizes Their Eyes Were Watching God. The book itself begins where it ends; the story of Janie's growth and discovery is framed by her return to one of the places that she lived in her life. So, essentially, Janie feels very differently about her role when the book begins and when her story begins. If we look at this literally and talk about the way that Janie feels about her role in the town when the actual book begins, she is a mature,...

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