Their Eyes Were Watching God Women Analysis

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How does Hurston use the idea of women and femininity in Their Eyes Were Watching God?

In her novel titled Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston portrays the protagonist, Janie, as a woman who strives to discover her own identity. Her novel, published in 1937, was not acknowledged until a later time as it was depicted by many critics as a “boldly feminist and Afro-American novel”. However, the literary work gained cultural significance and recognition after the civil rights movement in the United States, the which allowed Hurston’s novel to become overwhelmingly influential. Evidently, Zora Neale Hurston believed in the necessary and well-deserved values that women should adopt in society. In order to obtain these values, women had to face numerous obstacles. Being considered the weaker sex, being defined by their
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Throughout the novel, the horizon represents the distant aspects of the natural world, which Janie is so determined to be in. Throughout her journey in the book, Janie's main goal is to reach the horizon, so she can be natural and at one with herself. Joe’s jealousy forces Janie to bind up one of her greatest displays of womanhood. This is one way that Joe traps Janie and keeps her from letting her true self, including her identity as a beautiful woman, be free. “No, the carcass moved off with the town, and left Janie standing in the doorway “ (6.72-73) Examples like this one, when Janie wants to go to the mule’s fun funeral yet Joe traps Janie on the house, are examples of how Joe plays with Janie’s dignity and emphasizes the degree of her immobility. However, Janie is able to persevere throughout the marriage and when Joe finally dies, Janie is finally able to keep chasing the horizon. However, the protagonist doesn't finally reach the horizon until she is over with Tea Cake’s
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