Female Empowerment By Zora Neale Hurston And Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Female Empowerment in Zora Neale Hurston and Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God was a book that presented the world with a new look on writing novels. Zora Neale Hurston’s experience in what she has seen through research was embodies in this novel. She demonstrates what data she has collected and intertwined it into the culture within the novel. While being a folklorist/anthropologist, and inspired by her life experiences, she developed a character who dealt with the issues that were not yet uncovered, female empowerment was one of them. Zora Neale Hurston defined this topic of female empowerment throughout the character Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Empowerment for Hurston was a part of who she was, whether it was about her belief in independence or the love of her culture. She wrote about how she did not bother crying and complaining about her lifestyle in, “How it Feels to Be Colored Me”. Hurston embraces her identity and culture by saying
I am not tragically colored. There is no great sorrow dammed up in my soul, nor lurking behind my eyes. I do not mind at all. I do not belong to the sobbing school of Negrohood who hold that nature somehow has given them a lowdown dirty deal and whose feelings are all hurt about….No, I do not weep at the world—I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife (“How it Feels to Be Colored Me”153).
Hurston prides herself on who she is because of her background. Her identity of being a black woman in a world…
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