Their Eyes Were Watching God
Your eyes are watching Shmoop.
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.
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.