Their Eyes Were Watching God Literary Analysis

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Zora Neale Hurston’s highly acclaimed novel Their Eyes Were Watching God demonstrates many of the writing techniques described in How to Read Literature like a Professor by Tomas C. Foster. In Foster’s book, he describes multiple reading and writing techniques that are often used in literature and allow the reader to better understand the deeper meaning of a text. These of which are very prevalent in Hurston’s novel. Her book follows the story of an African American woman named Janie as she grows in her search for love. Hurston is able to tell Janie’s great quest for love with the use of a vampiric character, detailed geography, and sexual symbolism; all of which are described in Foster’s book. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s life story can be described as a quest. Not an obvious quest but one with a deeper meaning. According to Foster a quest must consist of five things: a quester, a place to go, a stated reason to go there, challenges along the way, and a real reason to go there (Foster 3). Janie’s story meets all these requirements perfectly. The quester would, of course, be Janie and the place to go would be wherever her then husband would take her. Such as Logan’s farm, Eatonville, or the Everglades. Her stated reasons to go to all these places was to find her pair tree love and have a good husband. Her trail was not perfect in that she came upon many challenges. She had two failed marriages that were both toxic in nature and did not have the true love that

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