Their Eyes Are Watching God Feminist Analysis

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Less than a century ago, women were seen as no more than a pretty face and a pair of breasts. Their sole purpose was simply to please their husband’s every need. Zora Neale Hurston exploited this slave-like behavior in her book ,Their eyes are watching God , as a result of men seeing their women as property. She used her novel to proclaim her views on the injustices that women faced. Hurston’s commentary was expressed by the use of her main character and narrator, Janie. She utilized her literary skills to characterize Janie with her feminist mindset that women could and will survive without men. Janie is first seen merely as a pubescent teenager who is coming to terms with her sexuality, “She was sixteen. She had glossy leaves…show more content…
Joe Starks, found herself lost in the passion she had always yearned for. The daze of infatuation she was in left her blind to the inconvenience of Joe’s big voice. While, his voice brought improvement to their little home town it only caused strife in Janie’s marriage. His voice became the town's voice and soon Janie’s “Thank yuh fuh yo’ compliments, but mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech-makin’ Ah never married her for nothin’ lak dat. She’s uh woman and her place is in de home.”( 5..43) Janie realized that not only was her voice in this marriage unheard, but also this made it difficult for Joe to respect her intelligence or opinion. Though, her input was hushed by her husband Janie still had her authority as the Mayor's wife. When, she became more acquainted with her superiority, she began to understand her rank , “Janie soon began to feel the of awe and envy against her sensibilities. The wife of the mayor was not just another woman as she had supposed.”( 5.46) Mrs. Mayor Starks received the respect she deserved from the townspeople, who understood her power.With respect came envy as well, many perceived Janie as snobbish or pretentious due to her new understood authority . Since this was the only way she could express her voice, she coped with the gossip from the petty and envious…show more content…
The independence she planted deep inside herself suddenly bloomed as she realized who she was after 20 years. No only was she relieved of a burdensome marriage, her hair too was set free from bondage. Janie’s hair was the image for her limited liberty thus, when her hair was free, she was free, “Before she slept she burnt up every one of her head rags and went about the house next morning with her hair in one thick braid swinging well below her her waist.” (9.89) The passion and fire in Janie’s and Mayor Starks marriage had burned out years before ; though after two miserable marriages, Ms. Janie pursued a relationship with someone who she genuinely found it with. Tea Cake and Janie shared something authentic but, despite this the townspeople thought down on Janie for dealing with a younger man. She too knew it was dishonorable for a woman her age to be messing with a young boy like Tea Cake, “Anyhow from what you told me when we wuz back dere in de kitchen ah’m nearly twelve years older than you.”As well as finding her independence, Janie found the will to speak her mind. After being silenced for the last two decades, she noticed herself voicing her opinion on things she did not agree with. Tea Cake was one of several to come into contact with Janie’s freedom of expression, “Well ah love tuh find out whut you think after sun-up tomorrow. Dis is jus’ yo’ night thought.” (10.105) Janie was well
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