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An Analysis of Janie's Character in Zora Neale Hurston's Novel Their Eyes Were Watching God
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A continuous black veil Covering her back it flowed over Janies shoulders Within it was her freedom and life Forcing it under a head-rag was killing her She needed to breathe In the novel by Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie is portrayed as a strong and beautiful woman When her life begins to change she develops her character She becomes who she was always meant to beJanies hair in Their Eyes Were Watching God symbolizes many different things but the most prominent one is expressed on pg 2 the great rope of black hair swinging to her waist and unraveling in the wind like a plume it is her beauty and her strength tied into one long rope Even from the very beginning of the novel she is portrayed as one of the most beautiful women that the men in this story have seen Even with age her looks are astonishing On Pg 55 Hurston writes This business of the head-rag irked her endlesslynot those others As described Janie cannot stand being confined by a head-rag She desires freedom and a sense of hope and anticipation She thought nothing could change her sense of adventure yet she felt so held back with just her hair not being free That is simply because when her hair is held back her spirit also is restrictedShe longs for freedom which is why on pg 25 The familiar people and things had failed her so she hung over the gate and looked up the road towards the way off it talks about being disappointed by Logan Killicks she goes to Jodi and even then he stifles her independence just as mug as Logan didWhen people see her hair down they see that it is straight Such as on pg 142 you oughta meet mah brother Hes real smart Got dead straight hair They see straight hair as solely a white persons trait When she
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