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The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston takes place in rural Florida during the early 20th century Throughout the book the protagonist Janie also travels to West Florida Eatonville and the bean-fields at Palm Beach They say that colored people built Eatonville African Americans were slaves right before Janies time Considering that Janies nanny was in that period this shapes their lives The nanny was trying to make Janie mature into a wealthy successful woman The nannys idea of Janie growing up the way she wants her to makes Janies life take a different turn The author Zora Neale Hurston writes African American literature She was born on January 7 1891 She was an author during the Harlem Renaissance which was a cultural movement during the 1920s The time reflects on how Hurston wrote the book She was also born right after the time of slavery When Hurston wrote the book one way she showed the culture is through the dialect The words were poetic but also choppy Hurston did not use their dialect to show that they were uneducated but to reveal their culture The characters names describe their personalities For example Tea Cake is a sweet name reflecting on his personality When Janie marries Starks their relationship is very bleak All of the names are symbolic in some way Pictures from the 1920-1930shttpwwwgooglecomimgresqmagazinesfromthe1920sum1hlensaNrlz1C1GPCKenUS444biw1280bih699tbmischtbnidEvGsBWx1zd0eXMimgrefurlhttpwwwdumneduclafacultytbacigstudprojis3099jazzcult20sjazzfashionhtmldocidi8vXbZFyNsD6FMw201h288eixg1NTrGaNuX9sQKF5qjzBgzoom1iactrcdur312page1tbnh128tbnw87start0ndsp36ved1t429r8s0tx45ty40 httpwwwgooglecomimgresqmagazinesfromthe1920sum1hlensaNrlz1C1GPCKenUS444biw1280bih699tbmischtbnidOzG9AY5oTAZFXMimgrefurlhttpwwwintertiquecomRadioDigesthtmldocidnrtdVqM1swTS3Mw446h561eixg1NTrGaNuX9sQKF5qjzBgzoom1iactrcdur94page1tbnh128tbnw102start0ndsp36ved1t429r2s0tx101ty56 httpwwwflickrcomphotosgatochy292661654inphotostreamMusic sources from the 1920-1930s Bessie Smith httpwwwyoutubecomwatchv6MzU8xM99UoGeorge Girshwen httpwwwyoutubecomwatchv1U40xBSz6DcDuke Ellington httpwwwyoutubecomwatchvSDDCzb3dvYWorks CitedSaudier Diane KEY LITERARY ELEMENTSPink Monkey Np 2007 Web 23 Aug 2011 httpwwwpinkmonkeycombooknotesmonkeynotespmTheirEyes03aspTheir Eyes Were Watching God SettingTheir eyes were watching God Np 2011 Web 23 Aug 2011 httpwwwshmoopcomeyes-were-watching-godsettinghtmlZora Neale Hurston Women of History Lakewood Public Library 2011 Web 23 Aug 2011 httpwwwlkwdplorgwihohiohurs-zorhtmThe Use of Black Dialect in Their Eyes Were Watching GodThe Use of Black Dialect in Their Eyes Were Watching God Np 2011 Web 23 Aug 2011 httppersonalcentenaryeduagardnerUsehtmlTools of CharacterizationThoughts and Opinions Np 2011 Web
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