Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay

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Alexandra Ricketts Period 2 October 21, 2009 Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, is an influential book that demonstrates the diversity between individuals and the struggles that each one faces. Zora Neale Hurston effectively demonstrates this and the story can be analyzed through many different literary lenses. The biographical lense can offer insight into the life of Zora Neale Hurston and can be easily related to the life that Janie experiences. Zora Neale Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama and lived from January 7, 1891 to January 28, 1960, though claiming as an adult that she was born in Eatonville, Florida in 1901. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zora_Neale_Hurston) Later, her family moved to Eatonville, the first all-black town to be incorporated in the United States. This influenced Zora to write about a woman similar to her, growing up in an all black town—where she was able to relate to the others and there were few racial differences. Her father later became mayor of the town, which Hurston would glorify in her stories as a place Black Americans could live as they desired, being independent of white society. Her life in Eatonville greatly influenced her stories where Janie was able to become independent from the white culture. Hurston experienced many marriages, all of which failed. In 1927 Hurston married Herbert Sheen, a jazz musician and former classmate at Howard University who would later become a physician, but the marriage ended in 1931. She also married Albert Price in 1939, but after several months, the marriage also failed. (. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie also experiences the same situation with the process of remarrying and divorcing. In the story Dust Tracks on a Road, Hurston wrote about love: “Under the spell of moonlight,

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