Zora Neale HurstonFocus on Racial Heritage in Literature<br />Chasity Austin<br />Professor Owens <br />English 1102<br />3 October 2010<br />
Introduction<br />Zora Neale Hurston:<br />Born January 7, 1891<br />Writer in Harlem Renaissance<br />1st African American to publish folklore.<br />Died January 28, 1960<br />
“Zora Neale Hurston was the only writer in the 1920s and 1930s from a Southern background who evaluated her Southern exposure, realized the richness of her racial heritage, and built her fiction on it.”<br />- Joyce Pettis<br />
Literature Works<br />A novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston was typical on black culture from the Harlem Renaissance. <br />
Hurston’s Focus On <br />Racial Heritage<br />Hurston’s Racial Heritage In Literature Focuses On:<br /><ul><li>Description of rural area specifically in the South.
Southern dialect used by Hurston’s characters within the story.
Racism Controversy among African Americans & Caucasians still existing after slavery ending in 1865. </li></li></ul><li>“Their Eyes Were Watching God” is considered Zora Neale Hurston’s most noble best literature work. The novel became a television drama, starring Halle Berry as Janie Crawford. <br />
Their Eyes Were <br />Watching God<br /><ul><li>Story of a women exposed to various methods of living. The main character, Janie, suffers from being alone and controlled in life and is seeking liberation. Janie’s inner goal is to be happy with herself and live her life according to how she should and not by family, husband, and societies way of life. Janis is partially compared to Hurston. During her life, Hurston was also married more than once. Other similarities include spouse owning a general store as well.</li></li></ul><li>Analysis of characters<br />Vergible “Tea Cup” Woods<br /> Janie’s final husband allowed jealousy to take him over in rage. Although he was Janie’s 1st real love, jealousy led to his death.<br />Nanny Crawford<br />Grandmother who starts the initial domination in Janie's life. Nanny wants the best for her Janie, but she tries to influence Janie to marry for materialistic things & not love. <br />Logan Killicks<br />Janie’s 1st husband is selfish & irrational. Logan viewed his wife a possession & not his lover<br />Janie Crawford<br />A lonely girl lost in a struggle to find her voice. Janie has been dominated since early years, but eventually transition to woman and obtains love. <br />Jody Starks<br />Janie’s runaway with love & 2nd husband is deceitful. Jody lacks real love for Janie & uses power to feel dominant over everyone<br />
“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.”<br /> - Zora Neale Hurston<br />
Works Cited<br /><ul><li>Bianco, Robert. “Their Eyes’ Lacks Sparkle, Inspiration.” 2008. USA Today. Web. 3 October 2010. http://www.encyclopedia.com
Florida Memory State Library & Archives of Florida. “Zora Neale Hurston, The WPA in Florida, and The Cross City Turpentine Camps.” 19--. Web. 1 October 2010 http://www.floridamemory.com/onlineclassroom/zora_hurston/photos.cfm
Google. “Images of Early Eatonville, Florida.” Google.com. n.d. Web. 2 October, 2010. http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&expIds=17259,24813,26207,26714,26781&sugexp=ldymls&xhr=t&q=images+of+early+eatonville,+florida&cp=35&wrapid=tljp1286125656334148&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=xbmoTJjWJYP88AahybmBDQ&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CCUQsAQwAA&biw=1899&bih=871</li></li></ul><li>Works Cited Cont.<br /><ul><li>Google. “ Images of Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Google.com. n.d. Web. 2 October, 2010. http://www.google.com/images?q=images+of+their+eyes+were+watching+god&um=1&hl=en&biw=1899&bih=871&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=V7ioTKSYCMGblgeimr3FDA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CC8QsAQwAA
Heffernan, Virginia. “ A Women of Quest, Via Hurston and Oprah.” March 4,2005. Web. 2 October 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/04/arts/television/04heff.html?scp=3&sq=their%20eyes%20were%20watching%20god%20&st=Search