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

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Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God opens with a passage that comments on different ways of life: some people (men) look out at the world and wait for things to come to them, while others (women) are more practical and make lives for themselves. They are the people of action, rather than those who look and wait. The title also references this concept and the line itself occurs in the novel during the hurricane episode. The narrator describes how the people in the Everglades react to the storm around them: "They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God." This quote suggests that the people are praying and waiting for God to help them through the difficult time. On the one hand, the novel's title and the quote could suggest the apathy of nature toward human...

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