Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Animals often symbolize either inhumanity (savagery, lust, hate) or beasts of burden (which brings to mind slavery). Most of the former are associated with male characters, casting them as violent or predatory. Beasts of burden, such as the yellow mule, tend to be associated with female characters.

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