Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

1651 Words Nov 30th, 2015 7 Pages
Throughout the development of the settlement of African Americans in America, they have gone through many different struggles and have come a long way from their nasty beginnings of slavery in America to modernized 2015 where African Americans have the same amount of rights that anyone else that is born in the country has. Both African American men and woman have struggled incessantly through time but each gender has had their individual struggles. Zora Neale Hurston portrays this with exquisite clarity in the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” sometimes using the imagery of animals to explain the hardships and adversity that African Americans had to overcome. She perfectly exemplifies how black woman in particular were treated as opposed to black men and what the expectations were that society had for them both. The novel their eyes were watching god takes place during the reconstruction era of the United States and during this Era African American woman are disregarded, ignored, and are just not important in society. Hurston portrays this first in the scolding of Janie, by Nanny after Janie had kissed young Johnny Taylor saying, “De nigger woman is de mule of the world” (pg 31) meaning that all the load of the relationship falls to the African American woman, and that she does the dirty work in the relationship. This is also exemplified on page 43 as Logan Killicks, an African American man and Janie’s first husband hands off his load of work to Janie. “Six months…
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