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An Analysis of the Personal Relationships in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
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Their Eyes Were Watching God Personal Relationships Zora Neale Hurston in keeping with themes dealing with personal relationships and the female search for self-awareness in Their Eyes Were Watching God has created a heroine in Janie Crawford In fact the female perspective is introduced immediately Now women forget all those things they dont want to remember and remember everything they dont want to forget The dream is the truth Then they act and do things accordingly Their Eyes 1 On the very first page of Their Eyes Were Watching God the contrast is made between men and women thus initiating Janies search for her own dreams and foreshadowing the female quest theme of the rest of the novel Detailing her quest for self-discovery and self-definition it Their Eyes celebrates her Janie as an artist who enriches Eatonville by communicating her understanding Kubitschek 22 Janie is a Black woman who asserts herself beyond expectation with a persistence that characterizes her search for the love that she dreamed of as a girl She understands the societal status that her life has handed her yet she is determined to overcome this and she is resentful toward anyone or anything that interferes with her quest for happiness So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger man tuh pick it up He pick it up because he have to but he dont tote it He hand it to his womenfolks De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see opines Janies grandmother in an attempt to justify the marriage that she has arranged for her granddaughter Their Eyes 14 This excerpt establishes the existence of the inferior status of women in this society a status which Janie must somehow overcome in order to emerge a heroine This societal constraint does not deter Janie from attaining her dream She knew now that marriage did not make
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