English work #1 There Eyes Were Watching God

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Submitted: October 25, 2011

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In 1937 the credited novel, There Eyes Were Watching God was written by the american folklorist, anthropoligist and author Zora Neale Hurston. Born the fifth adolescent to a family accomidating eight on the seventh day of January, 1891. She found her first home in the exhuberent town of Notasulga, Alabama. Soon though as a young toddler Hurston's family moved to the all to familiar Eatonville, Florida. After the year of 1904 however Hurston was bemoaned by the death of her endeared mother, at this time Hurston was a vernalthirteen year old. As a ripened adult the beloved author married a jazz musicianwhos name was Herbert Sheen in 1927 as a result though the marriage was abolished four years later in 1931. Soon after she remarried a much younger man named Albert Prince. Though this marriage was also cut to bits within a few monthes. Zora Hurston died without a headstone in 1960 from hypertensive heart disease. Throughout her book: There Eyes Were Watching God Zora Hurston's fictional character 'Janie' to many different United States locations and as a result there are many cultural diffrences found in the book, but of course one cannot backslide the keynote of the story.

The novel explores through through many geographical locations during it's drastic course of proceedings. The reader at first finds themselves in Janies small West Florida hometown. Not much scenery is described in the stories first location. Although one aspect mentioned is it's statuesque springtime. Especially a one lone pear tree swarming with life that, in the book represents marriage and womanhood. Though not much is said Hurston's tone itself sets imagry in West Florida to have broad fields that glow an aura of gold sunlight and forests dull and sulken but still offer the presence of life. Soon after though the reader finds themselves in a second location further south that will eventually become known to be Eatonville, Florida. When we first arrive in Eatonville it is only a morsel bit of land only 50 acres wide. What Janies husband describes as "a raw place in de' woods." In fact at anterior the bantam has yet to even settled on an official name or so much as appointed a mayor. It is an archetype of preindustrialization as nature itself seems to melt into the wood of humanity. It'santiquated roads are still made of sand and palmetto root slowly appending the towns ramshackle quarters.Of course this all changes to some degree as for the symbolization of early industrialization. Towards the end of the story though Hurston takes us to a final region in the Florida Everglades. Specificly Jacksonville, Florida. A popular harvest town right on the Everglades, an unpredictable swampland teaming with wildlife the locals call "the muck" based apon its muddy unmercifu decour. It's wild nature and unpredictable occurances examplify in wildlife such as snakes, alligators, rabid dogs and even a malignit squal symbolizes Janies personality in it's freedom and it's unpredicable ferocity, this also ties in with the thought that this is most likely the most important location in the book.

Throughout the story's geography one also discovers a large variety of cultural diffrence in people. This is most notably seen in accents. Hurston uses a contraversial form of slang dialogue most frequintly seen in her african american charachters. Within charachter dialogue Hurston replaces words such as "like" with "lak"or "child" with "chile" to express a deeper understanding of southern culture. Of course cultural differences in the novel are not just seen within grammar or accent but names for objects are also changed. Commonly this cultural aberration is seen with the character Tea Cake's guitar. As we cognizance that not once is the instrument called a guitar in the tale, but rather a "box." Another detail noticed about the musical apparatus is that one does not "play" it, but rather the user "picks" the guitar. Some may even recognizeit's language from another southern cultured song: Lynyrd Skynryd's "Ballad of Curtis Lowe." Naturally though souther african american is not the only culture we find in the tale. While in the Everglades Hurston introduces a native american tribe known as the "Saws." TheSaw tribe hold nightly bon fire dances and later invite other cultures in with them to merge in a harmonious way of living. In the book the Saws are described as stupid and this is later found to be ironic in an instance. Actual dialogue from theSaws is only used in one instance of the story though. Through the one occurance we can infere that the difference of the Saw speech is less in spelling and in that it almost seems to be missing words. Saw speak excludes almost every word is it is not either a veerb or noun. There is one last cultural difference that is only mentioned once in the novel. This is the occasion of a conversation with a Bahaman. Not much cultural difference is mentioned in the book of this race except in the one-time-occurance in dialogue. In this we see almost a mixture between the african american speak and that of which we see in the Saw.

Of course reports on things written is not complete without discussing the tale's theme. It is commonlybelieved the theme of the book is that one must fight off speculation from others in order to find ones own purpose. Throughout the story Janie must over come ridicule to finally come to the end of her story. Though this concept is also arguable since, though Janie reaches the end of her story, she never truly finds happiness.

After my personel completion of Their Eyes Were Watching God I must say that my personel opinion of the story was extremely negative. I disfavored reading almost every grain of this story. I atone to those who hols this book dear but, with all due adoration it just wasn't my style of book.I found it to be deeply cynical in that, I feel Hurston is trying to say there is no such thing as love. It's misanthropical nature only compares to that of Shakespeare. With each turn of page it felt as if another ingot of delectation was ripped from my anima. I will admit besides the excessive use of slang the novel itself was well written, but even its misuse of grammar is understandable. I found the book to waste mush of my own reading time I hold dear and am quite blithesome to get back to my newest book purchase: The Exorcist.

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