Their Eyes Were Watching God Questions and Answers

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The language of this novel is richly poetic, employing many different literary devices. Hurston uses a third-person narrator, privy to the characters' thoughts. The novel opens as the narrator...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2010 1:39 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie's grandma in Their Eyes were watching God never realised that life could ever be different or expected things to change;she lived and worked within the confines of unfairness and a racial...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 2:35 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

I agree with a number of items in the posts, particularly those items noted by copelmat. I'd like to add at least three details in the novel that haven't been addressed yet that, to me, strongly...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2010 1:42 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Joe begins to comment on Janie's aging to take attention away from the fact that he is deteriorating himself. He knows he has become an old man, but cannot accept that his days of physical glory...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2008 2:09 pm UTC

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Building off of the previous educator's excellent response, particularly the first point, one could also argue that each man values Janie for her beauty and, due to internalized racism, also values...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2019 11:33 pm UTC

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It is fitting that this Wordsworth poem is called "Ode on Intimations of Immortality," because Janie is reflecting on who Tea Cake has become, now that he is dead, and who she has become, having...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2013 5:13 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In her poetic opening of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston writes that ...women forget all those things they don't want to remember, and remember everything they don't want to...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2012 6:27 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Throughout Janie's life she struggles with love or the lack of love and injustice. As she moves through her relationships with men, beginning as a teenager, she attempts to discover her own...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

I would say that Their Eyes Were Watching God is exemplary of the hero's journey. I also think that this archetype gives us a wonderful way of thinking about the novel. Typically, when we talk...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 11:02 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, protagonist Janie is first awakened to love and desire when she and Johnny Taylor kiss. Much to the chagrin of Nanny, her grandmother, Janie is aware of...

Latest answer posted March 18, 2018 4:19 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

You will want to think about Janie's clothes and appearance as part of the novel's overall theme of a woman's search for self-identity and independence. I will talk about Janie's hair in this...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2009 2:51 am UTC

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A possible line of comparison between Janie and Irene is the search for identity; however, the goal and outcome are much different for each of these characters. Janie embarks on a journey to find...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 6:18 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie never wanted to marry Logan but gave in to her grandmother’s wishes to secure Janie’s future. From the beginning, Janie worried that she would not love Logan, and she even brought her...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 12:15 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

It is true that Hurston employs a dialect that is specific to black Floridians, as well as certain colloquialisms, or phrases used in ordinary speech, that were also particular to this group of...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2016 9:37 am UTC

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I think the clear advantage to Janie as a primary character and narrator of her own story is that as readers we get to witness her journey--and all the emotions that accompany it--first hand. It is...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2010 11:49 am UTC

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Each of Janie's marriages fail for very different reasons. However, what is far more important than understanding why they fail is understanding the lessons Janie learns from each and how those...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2011 1:31 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie’s personal version of the American dream changes through the course of the novel. It includes both individual self-fulfillment and becoming part of a community and thereby achieving something...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2019 12:08 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

The novel can be read as the protagonist's attempt to find a voice, to speak for herself. While speaking is active participation in determining the course of events, silence is not necessarily the...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2010 1:05 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Zora Neale Hurston’s classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character, Janie Crawford, steadily grows into an independent woman. Indeed, her relationship with Tea Cake, which is...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 6:52 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

When Tea Cake is first courting Janie, he disappears for a few days and then reappears in a battered old car. He tells her that he "'Brought me somethin' tuh haul you off in'" and says, "'Git yo'...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2018 2:45 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie's three marriages shape, to a certain degree, Janie's individual identity and sense of self. Janie does not have a choice in marrying Logan Killicks--her...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 10:11 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

At the beginning of Chapter 7, Janie is dissatisfied but resigned to her marriage with Joe. "All the fight" is gone from her, at least on the surface, and she is going through the...

Latest answer posted May 28, 2008 1:08 am UTC

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Janie and Tea Cake are caught up in a violent hurricane that has caused death and destruction for miles around. In the midst of all this chaos, Tea Cake has been forced to perform the grim task of...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 12:58 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, the difference between men's and women's dreams is introduced on the first page of the novel. The first two paragraphs of the novel read as follows:...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 2:18 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Chapter XVIII of Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Theie Eyes Were Watching God, Janie, her husband Teacake, and various other poor black people are huddled in a cabin, listening to the fury of a...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2012 11:53 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In the novel, Zora Neale Hurston describes Mrs. Turner as follows: Mrs. Turner, like all other believers had built an altar to the unattainable—Caucasian characteristics for all. Her god would...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019 3:12 am UTC

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Tea Cake is a complex and three-dimensional character, so it is difficult to slot him neatly into categories of "good" and "bad." Janie loves Tea Cake, who is twelve years her junior, and because...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 12:15 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Nanny's motivation is out of love and concern for her granddaughter. It is not entirely pure, but it is certainly not malevolent. When she sees "Johnny Taylor lacerating Janie with a kiss," Nanny...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2016 4:25 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Tea Cake is an incredibly flawed individual. For one thing, he hits Janie, which under no circumstances can ever be regarded as a sign of love. This is what makes it harder than it should be to...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 12:08 pm UTC

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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Logan Killicks, Janie's first husband, is stable and financially secure. It is these qualities that lead Janie's grandmother, Nanny, to make the match between them...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 4:10 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

There are a lot of religious—particularly Christian—themes in Zora Neale Hurston’s book Their Eyes Were Watching God. The figure of God is a bit ambiguous throughout the novel, but Hurston portrays...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 4:49 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Chapter 6 of Hurston's novel, the relationship between Joe Starks and his wife Janie has greatly deteriorated. Joe continues to demand Janie's submission, but she has numbed herself to him. She...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013 5:25 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Logan Killicks is very much of the old school when it comes to gender relations. An unreconstructed macho male, he believes that a woman's place is in the home. As far as he's concerned, marriage...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2018 8:56 am UTC

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As is usually the case, there is much of the artist in the art. Zora Neale Hurston was born in 1891, but no birth records can be found. Her family lived in the town of Eatonville, Florida, the...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2015 4:47 pm UTC

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It is impossible to say why exactly Jody purchases Matt's mule, as that information is never presented to us, but there are two theories which seem to make the most sense. It is possible that Jody...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 9:53 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

No single answer will ever adequately address this question. However, I would argue that any answer would need to include one of the central themes of the novel: that human dreams are attainable if...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2011 12:40 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

There are numerous literary devices used throughout Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. In chapter 5, Janie marries her second husband, Joe Starks, but learns that this relationship...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 9:29 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In 1997, a parent of a student at Stonewall Jackson High School in Brentville, Virginia tried to have the novel banned from the school's advanced English classes, arguing that it was...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 1:59 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie and Tea Cake spend a great deal of their life together in the Florida Everglades, or "the Muck." Here they work together, build...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2016 1:57 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Despite the joyousness which is also portrayed, Their Eyes Were Watching God is full of sad and even tragic moments. One of the first such striking episodes happens at the end of Janie's marriage...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010 12:10 pm UTC

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Janie marries Logan Killicks shortly after she loses her virginity to a neighborhood boy named Johnny Taylor. For Janie, her discovery of her sexuality is an experience that she connects directly...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2018 5:39 pm UTC

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Logan and Joe both offer Janie what seems like a step up in society. Logan represents the “forty acres and a mule” dream that Reconstruction and Booker T. Washington seemed to posit. Joe Starks...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 2:04 am UTC

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In addition to the instances mentioned in the other answer, Their Eyes Were Watching God reveals itself as a feminist novel via the frame story that bookends the novel. At the very beginning, Janie...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 2:59 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2020 8:20 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, the protagonist Janie Crawford is described as having a super curvy figure and long, heavy waist-length hair that hangs down in either one...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2015 11:01 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie's hair symbolizes her independence and identity. When she is married to Joe, Janie's body becomes a kind of threat—Joe, the mayor of the town, is afraid that Janie's beauty will attract other...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 12:49 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

I'm not sure to what section you're referring. If you're talking about the entire book, I have to disagree with you. Janie stands up for herself at several points throughout the novel. A better...

Latest answer posted December 20, 2009 2:03 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

This is an interesting question to consider. I would want to investigate the playing cards as a symbol and consider how they might help us to analyse the rest of the novel. If we think about it, it...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2011 7:50 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In accord with this statement, critics have argued that from the time she was a young girl seeking love until the end of her life with Tea-Cake, Janie Crawfor of Their Eyes Were Watching God...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2010 3:36 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie's grandmother, Nanny, was born into slavery. That did much to shape her outlook on life. While a slave, she was the lover of her white master. She became pregnant and gave birth to a mixed...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2015 2:01 pm UTC

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