Analysis Of The Movie ' Their Eyes Were Watching God '

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Aditya Ramkumar Ms. Gould Honors American Literature 7 April 2017 The Analysis of Race Relations instead of Feminism Throughout the history of the United States, race relations have proven to be a major issue. From slavery in the early years of the nation to Jim Crow laws, African Americans have been continually oppressed in US history. The Harlem Renaissance, provoked by national prosperity in the Roaring 20s, propelled the progress of creative writing within the black community, helping form a new black national identity. This movement gave birth to many ardent civil rights activists, such as Richard Wright, who strongly believed that novels should address the issue of racism in America. Wright’s assertion that Hurston’s novel Their…show more content…
While Wright focuses his argument on the fact that Hurston doesn’t analyse the issue of race relations, he fails to recognize the novel’s focus on feminism. The fact that Wright is focused on civil rights and the fact that he is looking primarily for evidence supporting race relations can be seen, as he states that Hurston depicts blacks in a “safe and narrow orbit in which America likes to see the Negro live” (Wright). While he may be correct that this is the case, he fails to notice that that was not what Hurston was focusing on, and that was not what she intended to convey. Hurston was rather focusing on the Women’s Rights movement, as shown by Janie making her own choices and given increasing rights throughout the book. Janie moved from a marriage that was set up for her (with Killicks), to a marriage that she chose to take part in but was suppressed (with Joe Starks), to a marriage where she was treated as an equal (with Tea Cake). After strained relationships with Killicks and Joe Starks, Janie exclaims about her relationship with Tea Cake that “Somebody wanted her to play [checkers]. Somebody thought it was natural for her to play” (Hurston 92). This indicates a drastic change from her previous relationships, such as her one with Joe Starks, where Janie was frequently beaten and suppressed. That Janie was given more of a say in her marriages can be used to indicate how women were also given more of a say in the twentieth century -- after the passage of

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