Essay on Their Eyes Were Watching God

938 Words Nov 5th, 2015 4 Pages
Their Eyes Were Watching God is a story written in Zora Hurston in 1937. The story takes place during the late 1800s and early 1900s in Eatonville, Florida as the main character, Janie Crawford, has returned there after a long time away. The main protagonist in the novel, Janie Mae Crawford, is an African American woman who is often seen to be flaunting herself as if she were Caucasian; this is because she has a mixed family diversity. Janie Crawford is a woman who doesn’t listen to gender stereotypes, and instead uses them to embrace herself. Another person who plays a key role in the story is Janie’s husband, Tea Cake. Tea Cake isn’t her first husband however, after two unsuccessful marriages Janie has settled down with Tea Cake as he was her first true love. He is known to have an immense pride for life and living it to the fullest, and he also withholds razor-sharp wit and charm. Throughout the story, the author employs a range of conflicts, themes, and symbols in order to shed light on the underlying messages betrayed in the story.
Janie encounters quite a few conflicts throughout the novel, mainly being conflicts with her current and former lover(s). Firstly, she is in an unsatisfying relationship with her former husband Jody, in which she is verbally abused and cut down immensely. It is not until she finally frees herself from under his wings, and visits him on his deathbed that she feels happy. Continuing on, during the initial stint with her current husband, Janie…

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