Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God”

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1. Introduction Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” depicts a sense of ambivalence about black women’s limited opportunities to assert them in a male dominated and commodity-obsessed world. True to this conflicted outlook, placing blame is not within the purview of this work. Instead, it depicts one of the central tensions that define the diasporic experience as lived by women of color in America, thereby critiquing the distinctly American privilege of individualism that forces these women to negotiate the rift between individual and communal aspirations. This research paper discusses the female elements in “Their Eyes were Watching God” by Zora Neale. The author has focused on the aspects of the novel related to femininity. The novel is a depiction of a woman’s desire for autonomy, especially within an exiled community reliant upon each person’s upholding of common bonds, is perceived as a threat to the fabric that sustains said community’s sense of identity, purpose, and viability. 2. Literature Review 2.1 Story of Women Struggle “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, is no doubt the life story of the author Zora Neale Hurston. Despite the novelization and ancestral biography, the main character lives a similar life as Zora. Finding the perfect match, failing several times, the efforts, the regrets and the achievements, tells us the story of an African American woman in a society that discriminates her not only on the basis of male chauvinism but also white racism. The author in real life is well known for her work in the field of female rights. Having a chance to observe the historical Harlem Renaissance, she well understood the importance of equality and justice despite creed, color, cast and gender. Being the granddaughter of a preacher and the daughter of a mayor, she was genetically a political and social reformist. During
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