What is the American Dream? . Journal~5 minutes. Their Eyes Were Watching God. By Zora Neale Hurston. http:// youtu.be/FAaGSzHLL8c?t=1s. Zora Neale Hurston: Soul of the People.
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By Zora Neale Hurston
Life: Zora was born in 1891 as one of 8 children. Her father moved them to Eatonville, FL to the first all-black town to be incorporated in America. He served several terms as Mayor of the town.
Work: Published most of her work—novels and short stories—in the 20s and 30s. Their Eyes was published in quieter years of 1937.
Legacy: Her work was rediscovered in the mid 1970s by Alice Walker and has been appreciated ever since as one of the finest African American writers, and as a female before her time.
Janie returns to Eatonville in dirty overalls, recalls her wanderings to Phoeby (the frame)
Man vs. Self: Janie goes through a life-long struggle of doing what makes her happy, or giving into what others believe she should be.
Janie’s personal account, told in her voice inserted into an omniscient third-person narratorPoint of View
Janie finding love late in life with the least likely character in the eyes of societyIrony
“The years took all the fight out of Janie’s face. For awhile she thought it was gone from her soul. No matter what Jody did, she said nothing. She had learned how to talk some and leave some. She was a rut in the road. Plenty of life beneath the surface but it was kept beatnen down by the wheels. Sometimes she stuck out into the future, imagining her life different from what it was. But mostly she lived between her hat and her heel, with her emotional disturbances like shade patterns in the woods—come and gone with the sun. She got nothing from Jody except what money could buy, and she was giving away what she didn’t value” (76).In-class quote analysis
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