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AP Book Report 1 Title Their Eyes Were Watching God 2 Author and Date Written Zora Neale Hurston 1937 3 Country of Author America 4 Major Characters Janie the protagonist of the novel is described as powerful articulate self-reliant and radically different She is a very strong woman both mentally and physically She also is a very beautiful woman adored by many The novel follows her around throughout the course of the novel and the reader witnesses her progression throughout her life Janie struggles to discover herself and spends the entire novel trying to find happiness and what it is that she wants Tea Cake a man very much younger than Janie becomes her third husband He is a very kind and sweet man in his courtship of Janie allowing her to win at Chess and not harming her in any way He is very much a flirt But after the two are married Tea Cake changes a little bit At one point he beats Janie only to show that she is still his possession Janie loves him through it all however so that when Tea Cake passes away she is grieving too much to wear the mourning clothes Joe Starks is the man who is Janies second husband At her first sight of him she is curious for he is described as a cityfied stylish dressed man It is this curiosity that drives Janie to meet him Joe knows exactly what it is he wants in life He tells Janie that he wishes to be a big voice and the boss in the soon to be Eatonville He believes that women should be seen and not heard which he applies to Janie Janie is to act her part as Mrs Mayor Joe is a very jealous man He will not allow Janie to wear her hair down for he sees the pleasure that the other men take in it and
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