Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora neale hurston

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Nora Neale Hurston is about a women trying to find love and find her way in life and Were she wants to be.

" Two things everybody's got tuh do duh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin' fuh theyselves." (pg. 226 , Hurston )

" She had the rest of her life to do as she pleased . " (pg. 106)

" Please God, please suh, don't let him love nobody else but me. Maybe Ah'm is uh fool, Lawd, lak dey say, but Lawd, ah been so lonesome, and ah been waitin', Jesus. Ah done waited uh long time. " (pg. 142, Hurston )

Janie

Direct Characterization: " You behind a plow! You ain't got no mo' business wid uh plow than uh hog is wid uh holiday! You ain't got no mo' business cuttin' up no seed p'taters neither. A pretty doll-baby lak you is made to sit on de front porch and rock and fan yo'self and eat p'taters dat other folks plant just special for you. " ( pg. 34, Hurston )

Indirect Characterization: " So the beginning of this was a women and she had come back from burying the dead. Not the dead of sick and ailing with friends at the pillow and the feet. She had come back from the sodden and the bloated; the sudden dead, their eyes flung wide open in judgement. " ( pg. 1, Hurston )

Tea Cake

Direct characterization: " Tea Cake, 'tain't no use in you being' jealous uh me. In de first place ah couldn't love nobody but yuh. And in de second place, ah jus' uh ole women dat nobody don't want but you. " ( pg p. 211, Hurston)

Indirect characterization: " He kin take most any lil thing and make summertime out of it when times is dull. Then we lives offa dat happiness he made til some mo' happiness come along. " ( pg. 165, Hurston )

The Pear Tree

When Janie is under the pear tree she sees a beautiful moment with the bees and the tree and this foreshadows the book in that Janie will try to seek this same beauty throughout her life.

" The rose of the world was breathing out smell. It followed her through all her waking moments and caressed her in her sleep. It connected itself with other vaguely felt matters that had struck her outside observation and buried themselves in her flesh. Now they emerged and quested about her consciousness. " ( pg. 13, Hurston )

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