Their Eyes Were Watching God Part 2: Narrative Structure
Their Eyes Were Watching God is about Janie’s coming of age story towards the path of self-discovery, just like Luke from Star Wars. Seriously, Janie had a lightsaber, Yoda pops up...the parallels are crazy.
|Literature||Their Eyes Were Watching God|
What happens in the novel?
It's a serial. It kind of covers a whole litany of
painful life experiences that
you don't need to be a young, Black, teenage girl
to relate to. I can certainly relate to them.
- Sure. - And walk us through that.
Yeah, it really is the story of Janie's coming of age.
This girl starts out the book as a teenager.
It's a flashback to her as a teenager.
And we watch her go through
two really painful marriages and by the end, three.
And we see her grow up.
More than kind of...
becoming mature -- When we normally think of
a coming of age, we think of someone becoming more and more mature.
And she does, but it's really all about
the path to self-discovery.
And this is a story about how Janie is treated
by everyone around her -
White, Black, man, woman, everyone -
and how she kind of gets past all that
and is able to find herself among
a bunch of people telling her that she's not good enough
and treating her like she's not good enough.
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What's the narrative structure of the novel?
How is Their Eyes Were Watching God a story
about Janie's self-discovery?
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