Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Chapter Analysis

Their Eyes Were Watching God is loosely a three-part narrative, recounted largely in flashback to the narrator's best friend. Why did Hurston choose to tell her most famous character's life story in this way? How does she build sympathy for Janie, and what does she accomplish by allowing Janie to speak for herself in this intimate setting? Hurston's training as an anthropologist and ethnographer is evident in her rich descriptions of rural Florida and her capturing of the varied dialects of its inhabitants. How does her use of language propel the narrative of Their Eyes Were Watching God? And what is the resonance of using Janie's three major love stories to underpin the work? What, if anything, does Hurston imply here about the power of friendship, family, and love?

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General Analysis

To read Their Eyes Were Watching God without a solid understanding of its social-historical context is to miss its rich cultural resonance. As you peruse these questions on the literary construction and the major themes of Their Eyes Were Watching God, bear in mind W.E.B. DuBois' assertion that all art is propaganda — and that African-American art, in particular, should work to "uplift" and combat stereotypes. In what way does Their Eyes Were Watching God function as "propaganda" — and in what ways does the fully-realized character of Janie Crawford reject the politicization of a black female identity? In what ways is Hurston's best-known work still relevant and timely in today's English classrooms?

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