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AP Literature : Their Eyes Were Watching God Author: Zora Neale Hurston Date of Original Publication: 1937 Genre: Storytelling, Fiction Historical information about the period of the novel’s setting: Biographical information about the author: Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1981 in Notasulga, Alabama. Her father was a preacher, farmer, and carpenter, and her mother was a former schoolteacher. Before ZNH was one year old, the family moved to Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black town in the United States. ZNH‟s mother died in 1904. She attended high school in Baltimore before graduating in 1918. She attended Howard Prep School and then attended Howard University, a black university, from 1919- 1924. In 1925, Hurston moved to New York City to take part in the blossoming black culture movement. Plot Summary: This novel…show more content…
In the beginning Joe seems as if he is Janie’s “prince charming” but with time she soon realizes that he has an egotistical money hungry personality. He becomes very possessive over Janie, making her wear a head rag to conceal her hair, and he also prevents her from participating in events. Janie takes this relationship as an opportunity to grow and reach her full potential. Adjectives: Controlling, Egotistical Name: Tea Cake Role in the story: Janie’s last relationship of the novel. Significance to the story: Teak Cake is significant to this novel because he helps with Janie’s self- development. She views Tea Cake as a sense of freedom and independence; she can truly be herself in his presence. For example, when they first meet, she prompts her to play chess, a game that she was never allowed to play in her past. Tea Cake successfully fulfills her yearnings of having a relationship representative of the pear tree. Adjectives: Fun- loving, calming Name: Janie Role in the story: The main character, the focal point of the
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