Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Zora Neale Hurston and her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God
During the Harlem Renaissance, African Americans experience a cultural exposure in literature art. It was a period of great achievement in African-American art and literature during the 1920s and 1930s. This surge gave birth to several authors, playwrights and dramatists, such as Zora Neale Hurston. Zora Neale Hurston is now considered among the foremost authors of that period, having published four novels, three nonfiction works, and numerous short stories and essays. She is also acknowledged as the first black American to collect and publish Afro-American folklore. Her fiction novels, such as Their Eyes Were Watching God, depicts relationships among black residents in her native Southern Florida, was largely unconcerned with racial prejudice (Matuz 207 Vol. 30). Zora 's daily journey through life influenced the central theme of Their Eyes Were Watching God which is a woman 's quest for fulfillment and liberation in a society where women were objects to be used for physical burden and pleasure. Personal experiences such as being in two marriages and having an affair with a younger man, explains her tone towards the journey of a young woman 's search for her own identity and also explains why she uses specific rhetoric modes to convey the idea that the journey of a young woman 's search for her own identity is a hard one.
According to a biography written by Robert E. Hemenway in 1977, Hurston’s birth year could…

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