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Zora Neale Hurston writes beyond her time by making Their Eyes were Watching God a book that celebrates black culture and pride While her contemporaries were pumping out books that read like Martin Luther King Jr speech transcripts Hurston wrote about her heritage and her people in a way that spoke volumes about how black cultures unique This style of writing transcended the precedent set by other writers of her time Hurston develops character relationships to provide insight to her readers both white and black about how black people had strong community bonds and unique aspirations to be happy but not necessarily financially successful Hurston showed how the characters interacted with each other especially black to black relationships in ways that the majority white men had never seen before or had little exposure to Listen Sam if it was nature nobody wouldnt have tuh look out for babies touchin stoves would they Cause dey just naturally wouldnt touch it But dey sho will So its caution Naw it aint its nature cause nature makes caution Its de strongest thing dat God ever made now Fact is its de onliest thing God every made He made nature and nature made everything else Here we see Sam and Lige debating about the relationship between man and God Its more interesting to see the human relationship between the two friends They are relaxed sitting on the shop porch discussing the meaning of life casually This scene is a statement that attests to black mens ability to be philosophical a trait predominantly seen in white males From Hurstons depicting Janie in the town of Eatonville as the mayors wife we see a black girl in a traditionally white position Its interesting to see Janie as the wife of a political leader but also speaking black vernacular the language of a common person and acting like she doesnt want power She doesnt fit the title of mayors wife
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