Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay

400 WordsApr 4, 20132 Pages
In life we face difficult periods but those times reflect us who we are. In the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zola Neale Hurston there was a girl, Janie who went through many obstacles growing up. Janie’s upbringing affected her life choices by looking for love, being raised strictly, and not knowing that she was colored. She also had relationships that did not end well. Janie grew to learn how to go through struggles and overcome them. Janie was affected growing up like her looking for love. When someone looks for love they have to think about what they want or need from a partner in order to be happy. Zola wrote “Janie had no chance to know things, so she had to ask.”(Hurston, p.21) So when marriage or love was brought up she asked about it since she wasn’t sure what it meant. In a study, “Univariate analysis shared significant associations between inconsistency and low levels of strictness with externalizing disorder.”(www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/71777754,2012[->0]) Many events in someone’s life causes great change in adulthood, Janie being a perfect example. She was raised in a strict household. “Ah cant be always guidin’ yo feet from harm and danger”(Hurston, p.13) meaning that she cant always be there for her. Nanny is helping her out because when she gets older she will have to learn when she gets older how to take care of herself. When you don’t know who you are you think differently about yourself. Janie found out that she was colored at the age of six. Janie explains “AH was wid dem chillun so much till Ah didn’t know Ah wuznt white till Ah was round six years old.” (Hurston, p.8) This means that growing up her mind dint even come across about her skin color. Janie had a difficult life. Growing up she was raised strictly, she found it hard to find love, and she didn’t know she was colored. The way one is raised affects who they become in

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