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Discovering Self Identity In Zora Neale Hurston's "All Eyes Are Watching God "

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In life to discover our self-identity a person must showothers what one thinks or feels and speak his or her mind.Sometimes their opinions may be silenced or even ignored. In thenovel Their Eyes Were Watching God, the main character Janiewould sometimes speak her ideas and they would often make adifference. The author, Zora Neale Hurston, gives Janie manychances to speak and she shows the reader outcomes. When dealingwith all of the different people Jaine faced, she would find away to speak her ideas, receive a response, and through thisexchange she developed her sense of self-worth.When Janie found a way to speak her ideas, they would havean impact on everyone. Though, Janie did not always speak herideas. She would often do something that made an impression onsomeone. The first real action Janie took was to leave herhusband, Logan Killicks. By doing this, she has shown thecommunity that a person can not always be happy ...view middle of the document...

' Afterthese words came out, Jody hit her. These harsh words couldnever be forgiven. At the end of their marriage, before Jodydied she finally told him her feelings. '....And now you got tuhdie tuh find out dat you got tuh pacify somebody besides yo'selfif you wants any love and any sympathy in dis world. You ain'ttired to pacify nobody but yo'self. Too busy listening tuhyo'own big voice,' said Janie.Her final and most loved husband was Vergible 'Tea Cake'Woods. She could talk most openly with him. Once, she accusedTea Cake of having a liking for Nukie. He quickly reassured herthat he didn't, and there was nothing to be worried about. AfterTea Cake's death, Janie was too upset to wear mourning clothes.She instead wore her normal outfit, overalls and boots. Thisshows that her love for Tea Cake was so strong that she could notthink about anything or anyone but him.Janie received many responses from her family and friends,when she expressed herself. When she was young her grandma hither for saying that she was not interested in Mr. Killicks,and because she was kissing another boy under the pear tree. Atthe cost of Jody's embarrassment, Janie got smacked. There weretimes when the whole town would not understand her actions,andshe would have to some how explain herself to the community.Through speaking her mind to her different husbands, shewas able to see who really loved her and was interested in heropinions and ideas. Janie would speak her ideas and, receive aresponse and through this exchange she developed her sense ofself-worth. When she spoke her mind, the people in the town wereable to reflect upon what she was saying. Her impact made peoplesee her as more than a simple house wife. Furthermore, when TeaCake let her participate in the work, it made her feel like shewas worth something more than just a wife. Tea Cake had givenJanie the self-worth that she needed. He had given her theconfidence to pull the whole world onto her shoulders and shefound great happiness in his memories. She learned a lot throughTea Cake's love and she was very happy being with him. Janie'smarriage with Tea Cake was finally like 'sitting under a peartree to just think.'

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