Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Their Eyes Were Watching God “...you got tuh go there tuh know there (ch. 20).” In this phrase Janie is referring to the knowledge and experience she has gained by going through her past endeavors. In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie discovers,“Two things everybody’s got tuh to do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves (ch. 20).” These morals of Janie’s are depictions of the book’s entirety. Although the two lessons may be laid out plainly, this quote can be shaded into various depths of meaning. Regardless, through several incidents and relationships in the book, the interpretation of the statement and the applicability to Janie’s story is revealed.
In the beginning, Janie’s first struggle into the process of learning these lessons, was the relationship and influence of Nanny. Furthermore, Nanny was the first and foremost influencer in Janie's young life. Janie’s initial dream was that of finding true love. Consequently, Nanny, after braving a troubled past, wanted Janie to be physiologically secure, even at the cost of her spiritual and emotional needs. Janie knew she needed to feed her emotional and spiritual hunger and by doing so she needed the food of love given by other people. “She had been getting ready for her great journey to the horizons in search of people; it was important to all the world that she should find them and they find her. But she had been whipped like a cur
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