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Life Through Janie’s Eyes in “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

book cover of Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” is an exploration of a Black woman’s journey towards self-discovery set in the South. Through the captivating character of Janie Crawford, Hurston takes us on a journey marked by love, loss, and the unwavering pursuit of a life defined by her own desires.

Our protagonist, Janie Crawford is a woman yearning for love and fulfillment. Through three marriages, she navigates the complexities of societal expectations, racial prejudice, and her own desires. Each husband represents a different facet of her search: security with Logan Killicks, passion with Joe Starks, and finally, companionship and understanding with Tea Cake. 

Hurston’s genius lies in her ability to create realistic characters and vivid scenes that resonate with readers. Janie’s voice is both raw and poetic, capturing the innocence of youth, the disillusionment of experience, and the wisdom gained through hardship. We witness her resilience in the face of hardship and her determination to find a love that she desires.

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Here are three themes/takeaways from the book:

  1. A celebration of Black womanhood: Janie’s journey represents the resilience and strength of Black women. She defies societal norms and refuses to be confined by expectations placed upon her.
  2. Unconventional love story: Janie’s search for love is about understanding her own needs and wants. She evolves as a person during this discovery.
  3. Poetic language: Hurston paints vivid scenes with words and creates a rhythm that carries you through the story.

“Their Eyes Were Watching God” is a must-read. This book takes you on a journey that is so well written you feel like you are there. As you read this book, you are sure to reflect on your own journey of love and self-worth. This book is more than words on a page; it is an experience.

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