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Relating Events in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Naele Hurston to Real Life Experiences
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Both written by Zora Neale Hurston the Novel Their Eyes Were Watching God connects to the autobiography Dust Tracks on the Road These stories both take place in Eatonville Florida Dust Tracks on the Road starts off by talking about Hurstons childhood in Eatonville she says growing up their shaped her into the woman she is As a comparison in Their Eyes Were Watching God Joe Starks and his wife Janie are building up the town of Eatonville Janies life appears to be similar to Zora Neale Hurstons they were both strong independent women and similar to Joe and Janies relationship Zora had problems with her marriage because she was more successful than her husband Janies life could be Zoras life the way she wished it had beenHistorical connectionEatonville Florida is an important community to African Americans and their culture and history Eatonville was the first black town ever and was formed because African Americans were tired of segregation in towns with mixed races Eatonvilles history has a historical connection to Their Eyes Were Watching God because in this novel Janie lives here and is the mayors wife as they build the town up from the ground When Eatonville was being established a group of men agreed to help establish it and built it up just like Joe Starks did in the novel Present day connectionA present day connection to Their Eyes Were Watching God is the issue of racism Racism is still an issue today even though it has been many years since slavery has ended African Americans are still occasionally segregated against in different ways There are no longer all black communities but there are majority black schools and areas around town These places are similar to Eatonville in their own way in which blacks all come togetherPresent day connectionA second present day connection is in Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie was bossed around by Joe because he was mayor and he
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