Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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Feminism and gender equality is one of the most important issues of society today, and the debate dates back much farther than Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. To analyze Janie’s existence as a feminist or anti-feminist character requires a potential critic to look at her relationships and her reactions to those relationships throughout the novel. Trudier Harris claims that Janie is “questing after a kind of worship.” This statement is accurate only up until a certain point in her life, until Janie’s “quest” becomes her seeking equality with her partner. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s main goal pertaining to her romantic relationships undergoes multiple changes from her original goal of a type of worship to a goal to maintain an equal relationship with her husband. The pear tree experience, along with her Grandmother’s words to her, help Janie determine her expectations for her future relationships. The pear tree experience establishes the feeling she seeks for the rest of her life, as she wants just as intimate of a relationship as the bee and the flower. Janie’s grandmother’s initial goals for Janie are inscribed in Janie’s original ideals, even though she denies it. Her grandmother’s original intent by marrying her off to Logan, besides for her safety, was to find her a way out of the working life, and into one where she would be allowed to relax, and escape the life of toil that both Leafy and Nanny suffered through. While Janie
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