Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God: Biography: Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Eatonville, Florida (the name of one primary setting in Their Eyes Were Watching God.) Hurston attended the Morgan Academy in Baltimore then Howard University from 1919-1924, where she published various short stories and plays in the campus literary magazine. From 1925-1927 Hurston attended Barnard College, …

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Theme Analysis

Alice Walker depicts Zora Neale Hurstons work as providing the  African-American literary community with its prime symbol of “racial health – a sense of black people as complete, complex, undiminished human beings” (190). Appropriately, Hurstons Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937, provides an enlightening look at the journey of one of these undiminished …

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Their Eyes Were Watching God: Novel Summary: Chapter 16

Hurstons sixteenth chapter depicts Janies interactions with Mrs. Turner, an African-American woman who is prejudiced against other African-Americans. She has light brown skin and is attracted to Janies even fairer complexion. Turner believes that blacks hold themselves down, resolving “We oughta lighten up de race” (135). Brainwashed by repressive white society, Mrs. Turner “had built …

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