Their Eyes Were Watching God By zora neale HURSTON

THEME:

True love is associated with innocence , openness, understanding, and the equality between the lovers. In the book love is a essential part of life; without it, Janie's spirit is practically dead.

QUOTES :

" Yes, she would love Logan after they were married. She could see no way for it to come about, but Nanny and the old folks had said it, so it must be so. Husbands and wives always loved each other, and that was what marriage meant. It was just so. Janie felt glad of the thought, for then it wouldn’t seem so destructive and mouldy. She wouldn’t be lonely anymore . " Hurston , 21

"Ah wants things sweet wid mah marriage lak when you sit under a pear tree and think. Ah…" Hurston , 21

"After that she came to where Joe Starks was waiting for her with a hired rig. He was very solemn and helped her to the seat beside him. With him on it, it sat like some high, ruling chair. From now on until death she was going to have flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything. A bee for her bloom. "Hurston, 34

CHARACTERIZATION OF : JANIE CRAWFORD ( STARKS )

Direct quote: " The men noticed her firm buttocks like she had grape fruits in her hip pockets; the great rope of black hair swinging to her waist and unraveling in the wind like a plume; then her pugnacious breasts trying to bore holes in her shirt." Hurston , 2

Indirect quote: "Naw, Ah ain’t no young gal no mo’ but den Ah ain’t no old woman neither. Ah reckon Ah looks mah age too. But Ah’m uh woman every inch of me, and Ah know it. Dat’s uh whole lot more’n you kin say. You big-bellies round here and put out a lot of brag, but ‘tain’t nothin’ to it but yo’ big voice. Humph! Talkin’ ‘bout me lookin’ old! When you pull down yo’ britches, you look lak de change uh life." Hurston , 79

CHARACTERIZATION OF: TEA CAKE

Direct Quote: " looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom - a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps. Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took. Spices hung about him. He was a glance from God." Hurston , 101

Indirect Quote : "Put dat two hundred back wid de rest, Janie. Mah dice. Ah no need no assistance tuh help me feed mah woman. From now on, you gointuh eat whutever mah money can buy uh and wear de same. When Ah ain’t got nothin’ you don’t git nothin’." Hurston , 128

SYMBOL: THE HORIZON

In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston uses the image of the horizon to symbolically represent Janie's aspirations for equality within marriage.

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