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

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How does race, the Harlem Renaissance, and the American Dream all meet up with Hurston’s novel of Their Eyes Were Watching God?

Race, the Harlem Renaissance, and the American dream are all relevant to the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston was writing during the Harlem Renaissance, a time when African Americans were increasingly producing content in the arts. During this time, African Americans were still not considered equal, and they had many roadblocks in achieving their dreams. Dreams are a recurring theme in literature from the time period.

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Though Hurston has said that her novel was not meant to focus on race relations, race is still a theme present in the text. The main character, Janie, lives with her grandmother. Her grandmother works for a white family. Janie does not even realize she is black until she sees a picture of herself with the white children that were her playmates. This brings up questions about how race and differences are perceived as we grow from children to adults.

Janie's grandmother had an illicit relationship when she was a slave; therefore, Janie's mother is of mixed race, as is Janie herself.

Later in the novel, another African American woman, Mrs. Turner , tries...

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