Analysis Of The Book ' Their Eyes Were Watching God '

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Duy Nguyen Mr. Fialho English 11AP – B October 2, 2015 Prompt: Janie finds her voice in the course of the novel. She moves from an inaudible one to one that carries the lessons she has learned back to the community. Discuss the development of Janie’s voice, of her verbal abilities, in the novel. Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay Janie Crawford, the main character of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, strives to find her own voice in the course of the novel. Throughout the novel, the people with whom Janie lived tried to restrict her to an understood, stereotypical role, but Janie was able to free herself from these accepted roles. She grew from an infant that has an inaudible voice to a matured and prideful woman that carries an impactful voice in the novel. “She was seeking confirmation of the voice and vision…Oh to be a pear tree – any tree in the bloom! With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world! She was sixteen.” (P.11). This is Janie’s first moment of trying to find her voice, freedom, and her own definition of love in the perfect union of harmony within nature. However, her attempt of finding her voice was instantly suppressed by her grandmother, Nanny. Nanny wanted to marry Janie off to Logan Killicks for protection because Nanny did not want Janie to be “de mule un de world” (P.14). Nanny’s intention of wanting Janie to have a man that can protect revealed the expectation that women have no voice and have to depend on men for
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