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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Forget the stuffy, straight-laced novels that often take center stage in the literary world. Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God is straight-up hilarious, with characters so real that they jump off the page and experiences so true that you feel like you're living them. Janie, the novel's heroine, is on a quest for true love. But trust us: this book is anything but mushy. Janie's journey takes her through some dark and lonely places and, although she eventually finds what she's looking for, it comes at a steep price. Was it worth it? We'll let you find out.

Get ready for boatloads of activities and creative projects that will

  • help you recognize and articulate ways in which history, social issues, and politics influence art and literature.
  • examine how Hurston's manipulation of language and imagery captures the folk tales and oral culture that form the center of the novel.
  • give you the 4-1-1 on the basic structure of a quest—woman style.
  • provide the low down on the Harlem Renaissance and the ability to recognize some of its most important contributors.

Course Breakdown

    Unit 1. Their Eyes Were Watching God

    This 15-lesson course will give you the ins, outs, and sidewayses of Zora Neale Hurston, the Harlem Renaissance, and this here masterpiece, Their Eyes Were Watching God.

  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • Literature
    • English
    • College Prep

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