Hurston viewed her work as distinct from the work of fellow Harlem Renaissance writers she described as the "sobbing school of Negrohood" that portrayed the lives of black people as constantly miserable, downtrodden and deprived.
Historical context[ edit ] Racial Climate in the Early s[ edit ] With legislation like the Jim Crow lawsenacted from tomany African-Americans were disfranchised.
For the first time in her life, Zora Neale Hurston found a sense of accomplishment. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan terrorized black citizens, leading to the steady decline of African-American political representation. Perhaps her evaluation can help us in working with people who, like her, see things along radical lines but who have no history of working in leftist organizations.
However, she decides to return to Eatonville. Unhappy, disillusioned, and lonely, Janie chooses to leave Killicks and runs off with the glib Jody Joe Starks, who takes her to EatonvilleFlorida. Liberated Woman[ edit ] Janie is searching for her own identity throughout the novel.
Not only did she get her high school diploma, but she also went to college. She suffers at the hands of Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake, but she emerges from each marriage stronger and more sure of her own identity.
On top of all the physical labor expected from her, Janie endured physical beatings from her male counterpart. Morgan Academy was just the beginning of her extensive education. Race[ edit ] While the novel is written about black people in the South, it is not primarily a book about racism.
Nanny believes that Janie should marry a man not for love but for 'protection'. Ailing, impoverished, abandoned, hustling for work, she wrote sporadically.
Although Janie is not interested in either Logan or marriage, her grandmother wants her to have the stability she never had; legal marriage to Killicks, Nanny believes, will give Janie opportunities.
This image and expectation sets Janie up for disappointment when it finally came time to marry. By giving her protagonist three husbands, and by ending her novel with Janie alone and content, she suggests that happiness does not always involve one husband, children, and a settled existence.
Blacks governed themselves there—her preacher father was a three-time mayor. Her boldness in one realm spilled into other realms too. No civilized nation will use such a term any more. While the disease runs its course, he becomes increasingly jealous and unpredictable despite Janie's best efforts.
This image and expectation sets Janie up for disappointment when it finally came time to marry. Outraged at Black silence in the face of these atrocities, Hurston goes on in this letter to posit a close relationship between these actions and racism at home: She wrote in her autobiography that she had "tried to embalm all the tenderness of [her] passion for him.
Janie formed her initial idea of marriage off the image of unity she witnessed between a pear tree and a bee. The iron has entered my soul. Nanny is an elderly woman who, as a slave, was raped by her owner and gave birth to a mixed-race daughter Leafy.
He invited Hurston to New York to try her fortune as a writer. Not long after, Janie allows a local boy, Johnny Taylor, to kiss her, which Janie's grandmother, Nanny, witnesses. It is now firmly established in the literary canon.
Despite the happiness Janie feels with Tea Cake, Hurston makes it clear that she has not found an ideal man. In addition to bringing up Janie's relationship with Jody, Bernard emphasizes how her relationships with her other husbands influenced her cognition. Beneath this surface plot, however, Hurston depicts the white world of postwar America as a profoundly diseased one, a direct contrast to the ideal Black world of the Everglades that she had painted in Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Brimmer, Allison Kathleen, "Woman-identified: women in pairs in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Gloria Naylor's The Women of Brewster Place" (). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. Hurston works seems to indicate that during the early ’s, women were subjected to huge inferiority, oppression and mistreatments including domestic violent at a time where speaking out was unheard off.
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