Their Eyes Were Watching God Questions and Answers
by Zora Neale Hurston

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What are some examples of humor in Their Eyes Were Watching God? These can include satire, parody, burlesque and hyperbole.

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Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God depicts the journey towards maturity and independence of a young black woman in the South in the early twentieth century. Hurston does more, however, than tell the story of Janie’s development; she tells the story of the black community and its rituals and customs. Humor plays a large role in the novel, as Hurston seems to express that this somewhat comic disposition was innate to the black community as a means of deflecting the pain associated with racism and its effects in a post-Civil War America.

The porch-sitters in Eatonville spend a great deal of time gossiping and sparring verbally with each other. After a long day of hard work, they sit on the porch and engage in discussions that tear each other down as a means of letting off steam and also feeling better about themselves and their circumstances. Hurston writes, “They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs. It was mass cruelty. A mood come...

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