Study Guide

Their Eyes Were Watching God Narrator Point of View

By Zora Neale Hurston

Narrator Point of View

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.