Their Eyes Were Watching God Questions and Answers

Their Eyes Were Watching God

In Chapter One, when the protagonist comes back to town after the flood and all that went with that, this is what the men think as they look at her as she walks down the street: “"What she...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2007 8:08 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

The Mark Twain quotation seems particularly pertinent to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. In many ways the novel (an all of Hurston's work) is certainly an example of an...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2010 12:06 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

The first step you need to take in this assignment is to decide what sort of essay you are writing. There are several possible approaches to writing literary essays. In general, instructors include...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2017 5:14 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

I concur, and if I were writing on this subject I'd certainly concentrate on the imagery and symbolism of the pear tree in chapter 2. It is the place of Janie's awakening, as is evident by the...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010 10:41 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

There are many possible themes present throughout this novel. I'll focus on three here: the finding of one's voice and self-identity the role and power of storytelling the ever-present influence of...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2010 12:40 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Tea Cake, Janie's third husband, could arguably be labeled as the "staunchest feminist in the novel" because he makes space for Janie to be her whole, true self. Tea Cake's positioning as a...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2020 11:15 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie’s quest to be treated as an individual and her determination to be treated equally helped her succeed in reclaiming her identity. The fight for her individuality was clearly depicted in her...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 2:15 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

I can't answer this question in general, but I do believe that Hurston only creates one love match for Janie: Tea-Cake. Janie marries her first love to please her Nanny, marries Joe Starks for...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2008 9:44 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God starts with a woman coming back from “burying the dead” (Hurston 1). It is sunset in the town she is coming to, and the people in the town are watching her. They are...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2020 3:53 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In the first few decades of her life, Janie is controlled by forces beyond herself, most notably her grandmother and Logan Killicks. Yet when Joe Starks comes along, she makes the choice to leave...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2009 1:59 am UTC

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One of the main changes that Janie, the protagonist, undergoes late in the novel is that she becomes a widow. She causes this change herself by shooting her husband, Tea Cake. The events leading up...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 1:16 am UTC

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Logan Killicks is the husband who is the least helpful to Janie in terms of her development as a woman because he is so much older than she; she can find nothing in him to love, and he expects her...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2015 2:42 pm UTC

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Tea Cake's first reaction is to run, but he sees that would do no good, because "the men had already seen him and they were too close to miss him if they shot". He hopes they will just...

Latest answer posted March 20, 2008 12:16 pm UTC

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Ethnography is the study of ethnic groups and ethnic group formation. From this perspective, I can clearly see how Hurston's text could be analyzed as an ethnographic text. Look at the formation,...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2010 12:35 am UTC

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When Janie leaves Logan Killicks to marry Jody Starks, she asserts herself and her desires. Janie only married Logan to please her grandmother who wanted Janie to be cared for in life. However,...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2010 4:52 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

One of my favorite lines in Their Eyes Were Watching God comes at the moment Janie understands that the love she thought would just somehow "appear" when she got married to Logan is never going to...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010 10:30 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

The mule that dies had belonged to Matt Boner, and Joe bought it to prevent further abuse. Janie had protested the townspeople’s harsh treatment, but Joe never shared with the townspeople that...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2021 3:08 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Janie, the protagonist in Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, struggles to come to terms with the reality of her own need for independence. She is initially guided by her family’s decisions about her...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019 3:44 am UTC

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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston creates the character of Janie who develops goes through intimate personal relationships with three very different husbands until staying with...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019 11:52 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

As long as you are already a member of enotes, simply click on the enotes "groups" tab, type in Their Eyes are Watching God into the group search box, scroll down to the question that you'd like to...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009 9:39 am UTC

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The importance of talking can be seen throughout Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. The best example can be seen in a comparison of the three men in Janie's life. Her first husband, Logan,...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2011 11:07 am UTC

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With Tea Cake Janie recaptures the vitality of her youth and a mature freedom; with Joe she had lost her own identity and grown hollow. When Janie first meets Joe Starks, he is taken with her,...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2015 8:43 am UTC

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It's hard to move past the fact that Hurston's work details a vivid and intensely complex portrait of people of color. This is what her work brings to the construction of the American novel. The...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2013 10:27 pm UTC

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I love so many lines in Their Eyes Were Watching God, but in terms of quotes it's the humorous ones I enjoy the most. Janie says to her rather pompous blowhard husband Joe: "You always claim God...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2010 12:18 pm UTC

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Hurston decries the state of almost morbid, passive acceptance of misfortune that seems to run amok in what she calls "Negrohood" at the time—the idea that fate has dealt black people a harsh hand...

Latest answer posted May 30, 2019 4:29 pm UTC

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Absalom, Absalom! focuses on the contradictions of family through the lens of race and class. The Sutpen family has European and African members, but Thomas Sutpen vehemently rejects the idea of...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019 3:48 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is the story of Janie Crawford's journey of self-discovery. She begins as a young girl who learns many hard lessons about men and herself before...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2013 4:08 pm UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

After Joe's death, young Hezekiah takes on many of the roles and even mannerisms of Joe around the store. Like Joe, he takes to smoking cigars and even to using Joe's favorite catch phrase, "I...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2010 6:01 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neal Hurston does an excellent job of bookending this novel, which makes looking at the characters as they appear in the beginning and end, Janie in particular, a valuable method of analysis....

Latest answer posted August 20, 2010 12:40 am UTC

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The pear tree symbolizes Janie's sexual and spiritual awakening. At the time Janie first sees the pear tree, she is a young girl under the care of her domineering grandmother, but the incident...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2009 9:18 am UTC

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

To a large extent, the story of Janie Crawford can be seen as one of female empowerment. Born and raised in a social environment disfigured by racism and sexism, Janie has a number of very serious...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2020 7:24 am UTC

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Vergible Woods, better known as Tea Cake in Their Eyes Were Watching God, is Janie's third husband and the man who teaches Janie what it like to really be a part of a community. Janie's previous...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2011 6:07 am UTC

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