The two opening paragraphs of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God are as follows:
Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men.
Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.
Here, the differences are explicit.
First, men fail to possess the ability to make decisions about their place in life. Instead, they go where the world takes them. Second, men all possess the same dream, yet they do not actually do anything about chasing the dream. They only possess the dream and do nothing with it.
Women, on the other hand, have power over the dreams of their lives. Women possess this power because they make...
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