Social class is often closely tied to one’s material wealth. However, the text seems to draw an inverse relationship between one’s social class and one’s morality. The poorer working classes are often depicted as more honest and decent than the wealthier middle and upper classes. With high social ranking comes power and the ability to manipulate less powerful people. While many aspire to move up the hierarchical ladder, the protagonist shows the folly of such ambitions; for her, a person’s position in society has no direct bearing on her happiness.
Of all the characters in the novel, Janie has the most social mobility as a result of her attractive looks.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, the upper classes are fraught with pretension and jealousy, and they also have unsatisfying lives. The lower classes – like the migrant workers in the Everglades – on the other hand, have fun, fulfilling lives.