Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis

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Zora Neale Hurston’s captivating novel Their Eyes Were Watching God explores the dynamic life of a riveting and challenging protagonist in the post-slavery era Florida. Janie Crawford, a woman with mixed heritage, flaunts her gorgeous caucasian hair and beauty that never seems to age. She defies the cultural norms of the time by marrying on three separate occasions and insisting on her coveted autonomy. Janie amasses many accomplishments throughout the novel which build her intriguing character, and through her many trials and sacrifices, she finally finds herself, independence from the domineering people directing her every move, and true love with Tea Cake. By inserting imagery, figurative language, and diction into the first two paragraphs of Chapter 1 along with the last paragraph of the novel, Hurston creatively introduces and concludes Janie’s enduring journey and precedes and recaps the many sacrifices and accomplishments that Janie experiences. In her two-paragraph introduction to the novel in Chapter 1, Hurston utilizes her writing prowess by using exceptional figurative language and imagery to convey her opening statements. When Hurston commences her novel by writing “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide,” she not only depicts the image of a sailing ship, but also creates a metaphor for men’s dreams and wishes (Hurston 1). This beautiful blend of a metaphor and imagery prepares the reader for the future plot that

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