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

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Identify some patterns, stylistic or structural, that appear in the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. Consider some events, characters, conflicts, and language forms (including symbols) that repeat. Discuss how these impact the outcome of the novel.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God is a novel that is rich in figurative language. Hurston employed symbolism, metaphor, free-indirect discourse, anthropomorphism, and other devices to depict Janie's life from childhood to middle age.

The central conflict in the novel is how Janie's burgeoning identity as a woman often clashes with the chauvinist expectations of the men in her life. She is first married off to Logan Killicks —a measure that her grandmother takes to avoid having Janie become a woman of ill-repute like her...

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