Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis

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In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston a young woman named Janie Crawford goes on a quest to find her inner-self. Her quest leads her to three marriages, death, and poverty. Janie’s quest has a huge impact on shaping her loss of power. Zora Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God use of imagery also plays a role in Janie’s sense power with the use of eroticized nature. Janie begins her quest when Zora Neale Hurston opens up the novel by discussing Janie’s erotic bond with nature. In her grandmother's backyard beneath a pear tree, she began to compare the pear tree to her own life. According to Glenda B. Weathers, “The pear tree was a tree symbolically proffering knowledge that, Janie, Eve-like, that she accepts” (201). In other words, Janie believes that a pear tree is a place she can find answers to becoming an adult and learn about sex. Janie visits the pear tree throughout the story in hope of revisiting her sexual fantasies. Zora Neale Hurston writes that, “She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight” (16). Zora Neale Hurston point is that the bee represents a man who is penetrating women (the tree) which, causes the tree to be creamy and “frothing with delight” (Hurston 16). In making this comment, Janie’s body responded sexually to the sensory explosion of
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