Throughout the history of black American culture, the pursuit of dreams has played a pivotal role in self-fulfillment and internal development.
an "African American feminist classic" may be an accurate statement—it is certainly a frequent statement—but it is a misleadingly narrow and rather dull way to introduce a vibrant and achingly human novel.
The syncopated beauty of Hurston's prose, her remarkable gift for comedy, the sheer visceral terror of the book's climax, all transcend any label that critics have tried to put on this remarkable work.
First published amid controversy in 1937, then rescued from obscurity four decades later, the novel narrates Janie Crawford's ripening from a vibrant, but voiceless, teenage girl into a woman with her finger on the trigger of her own destiny.
Although Hurston wrote the novel in only seven weeks, (1937) begins with our eyes fixed on a woman who returns from burying the dead.
Throughout the novel a theme illustrating the value of finding true love and...
When Nanny tells her young, naïve granddaughter Janie Crawford, “de nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see,” (14) she is merely setting the stage for a number of connections between humans and animals that communicate Hurston’s...
In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, the novel’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, is immersed in a journey to establish her voice and,...
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neal Hurston uses language as a tool to show the progression of the story.
Grade Saver provides access to 1215 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 9407 literature essays, 2423 sample college application essays, 424 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site!
Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.