Search for Identity in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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In the society and world we live in we all want to be accepted and feel like we belong. Zora Neale Hurston goes through trials and tribulations as being a twenty-century African American such as slavery and feeling like she belongs. Imagine every time you think you are finally happy with whom you are and it turns out that wasn’t the case. In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie embarks on journey in search for her own identity where each of her three husbands plays an important role in her discovery of who she is. Zora Neale Hurston was born in 1891 to the parents of John Hurston and Lucy Hurston. According to Elaine J. Lawless “She first began lying about her age when she landed in Baltimore and could only get free schooling if she was…show more content…
He bought her gifts such as apples and a glass lantern. He does everything for a show and to get self-glory. He buys 200 acres of land and he gives it to the people of Eatonville. He celebrated with the town giving them cheese and crackers following a barbecue. Janie is tied down by him she couldn’t have a relationship with anyone in the town. He thought everywhere they went and men were in their presence that they were trying to take her away from him. She didn’t have any freedom during speeches she could only stand there and just look pretty according to his standards. Almost In a sense as if she was his slave. She began to tell him how she is always muted all the time. He told how he want her head to be covered at all times and how when they went in the store she had to wear a head rag so her long hair wouldn’t hang down. She eventually got tired of him and decided she had enough of his stuff which made her decide to run away. Janie still didn’t give up hope in finding her identity and how she wanted her freedom. She tried marriage for the third time with tea cake. She knew tea cake would be different form the rest. He treats Janie better and he treats her more as a human and he actually treats her as if she belongs. When they got married he gave her gifts. Tea ake is humble and he knows where he come from he doesn’t act luke he has it all. “According to In order to demonstrate his lack of interest in material things, Teacake takes
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