Harlem Renaissance Essay

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She later moved to Eatonville, Florida with her family where her father was elected mayor of the town in 1897 and in 1902. Saldy In 1904, Hurston's mother died and her father remarried to Matte Moge shortly after. Hurston then was sent away to a Baptist boarding school in Jacksonville, Florida where eventually her father stopped paying her tuition and the school had no choice but to expelled her. Nonetheless, she began working and saved up enough money to begin attending Morgan College in 1917 where she began her literary career. Hurston was closely associated with the Harlem Renaissance being one of the pre-eminent writers on the twentieth century in African American literature. Her famous novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” was…show more content…
Such as Hurston demonstrates through main character Janie in “Their Eyes Are Watching God”.
The novel was written by Zora Neale Hurston in 1937 during the Harlem Renaissance era. The story begins with a the main character Janie Crawford as a young lady living with her grandmother whom she calls nanny. Later on she describes her entering her womanhood as this beautiful blooming peach tree and how she will find love and happiness later on into her life but is reminded shortly after that life doesn't always go as planned. Janie is told by Nanny that she is being forced into an arranged marriage with a man she does not love Logan Killicks, an older farmer. Although is may simply seem like a young girl is just getting her dreams crushed by her guardian that moment there signifies much greater. What Janie represents throughout the novel is the voice on the African American community, Janie is the new generation on her time, she wants to see her race strive for greatness and for once in history attempt to be happy. That representation of Janie is exactly how many African Americans described what their goals of the Harlem Renaissance would be, freedom and happiness. In that manner, Hurston brought close to us readers the ideas of the Harlem Renaissance through her literature. She describes this journey of Janie as obstacles put in front of her with the multiple marriages she encounters that act as barriers to her happiness. Those
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