What is the significance of the title of the novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God"?"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston

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From the beginning of Janie's life, she has looked down the road; Janie of "Their Eyes Were Watching God" is on a quest for the fulfillment of her spirit, a spirit that also loves freedom and independence.  In her search for a man who will respect her as an individual and treat her as an equal, Janie meets Tea Cake.  Yet, Janie is still submissive, following him on his adventures.  Finally, after his untimely death, Janie returns to her home, still "watching God."  In the closing lines of the novel, the narrator writes,  "She pulled in her horizon like a griant fish net"; this line indicates that Janie, who has been watching God, has finally found her own self-identity, but it is within herself, not out "watching God."

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