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A Comparison of Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston and Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson
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A Comparison of Their Eyes Were Watching God and Winesburg Ohio Both Zora Neale Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God and Sherwood Andersons Winesburg Ohio provide great examples of community although there are stark differences in the way the two respective authors present them In Their Eyes Were Watching God the main character Janie moves to the town of Eatonville Florida with her second husband Jody Starks The move was to flee her arranged first marriage to a man that she did not love and also gain some stature in a community The All-Negro town of Eatonville is Jodys dream It turns out to be a big disappointment to him though and he takes on the responsibility of building and leading the town This preoccupation causes Joe to slowly but surely lose interest in his wife and become overbearing towards her Janie finds that Jody is no more interested in letting her speak than Logan Killicks mah wife dont know nothin bout no speech-makin Ah never married her for nothin lak dat Shes uh woman and her place is in de home 41 Sherwood Anderson presents his fictional middle-America town of Winesburg through inter-connected short stories The character of Winesburg Eagle journalist George Willard in these stories is the bond On the surface Winesburg is a functional town that could be perceived as an example of an American dream community Anderson proves this idea wrong in presenting the characters as lonely - and feeling a part of nothing Many envision life in the big cities such as Chicago as superior and some have made plans to leave In Adventure Alice Hindman wished to travel unmarried to Cleveland with her lover but at his request remains in Winesburg and never hears from him again After over a decade of waiting she has the realization that he will never come for her Hindman began trying to force herself to face bravely the fact that
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