Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
Analysis: Narrator Point of View
Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?
Third Person (Omniscient)
In the first chapter, it’s clear that the narrator is omniscient because she gives insight into the thoughts of Janie, Pheoby, and the gossipy Eatonville women sitting on their porches. Though technically we know that chapters 2-20 are a narrative that Janie is telling to Pheoby, Janie’s life story appears as a flashback told by the omniscient narrator. The only portions told in Janie’s voice are in quotations, so those sections are not strict narration, but dialogue.