Their Eyes Were Watching God Women

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In the past, women have been sentenced to a life of silence and obedience, but resilient in their efforts to find equality. Once they saw how unequal they were to their male counterparts, they were so unwavering in their attempts that everyone had no choice but to acknowledge women’s mistreatment. Janie Crawford, from Zora Hurston’s Their Eyes were Watching God, is a prime example of how women actively began to start seeing themselves as independent and changing the way society sees them. Janie is brought up to view women and herself to be lesser than men but when she grows older and is able to decide things for herself, she sees how unfair and wrong that is. It may take her a while before she able able to fully free herself, but she knows…show more content…
As a whole, most of the female characters are shown to be cruel and obsessed with gossip. This particular example is demonstrated early in the novel when Janie is first coming back to Eatonville and the women “chewed up the back parts of their minds and swallowed with relish. They made burning statements with questions, and killing tools out of laughs” (Hurston 2). This scene exposes the bitter truth that women are quick to turn against each other every opportunity they get. It clearly establishes the jealously and spite that fuel women to treat each other so awfully. There is an unmistakable disconnection between the novel’s protagonists and the other women for not only the hatred they feel towards janie, but also their lack of independence and simplicity. The women in this novel, including Janie, are not valued in society but Janie appears to the one of the few to try and overcome barrier. Mary Helen Washington, in her contribution to Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were Watching God, supports the notion that these female characters are denied the right to participate in society. On multiple occasions the women are confined and silence not only by their husbands, but also by the world they are subjected to. She writes about how the women in the novel were never able to talk, or at least be listened too. Janie was included in these women, but is soon able to find her voice. While most of the female characters depicted in the novel are judgmental and one-sided, they also act as components to add to Janie’s struggle for
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