Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) and Lisa See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005) are texts that reflect the struggles and adversities women face in their search for their own identity while seeking for a profound understanding of love in a prejudiced environment. Both novels reveal that the individuality of women are affected in patriarchal worlds, portrayed Florida and ancient China respectively, and prove that social class differences have a significant consequence on the characters of women.

Their Eyes Were Watching God is a realistic fiction novel that explores how patriarchal values in the public world that Hurston depicts through the setting of the early 19th century central and southern Florida impact women’s identity while seeking for a deeper understanding of love. The novel’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, was brought up under the care of her grandmother, Nanny, who represents the prevailing views of society and value of women in central Florida. In the quote “Me, married? Naw, Nanny, no ma’am ! Whut Ah know ‘bout uh husband?” (Hurston, p.g. the usage of rhetorical questions displays Janie’s defiance at marrying to a man she did not know in fear of losing her freedom and youth before being able to identify herself. However, Janie was coerced into a marriage with Logan Killicks, a prosperous farmer with 60 acres of land, who reflects the ideal that he could provide financial and physical shelter for Janie. This appealed to Nanny, who
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