From the initial view of the title, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the novel by Zora Neal Hurston, the reader may have expected a spiritually based novel and felt that they received the opposite of their expectations. While on the same token, many have suggested that the text does have a spiritual connection at it's core.
As you consider this thought, express whether you believe this to be true, from your interpretation of the novel. Consider the intellectual and conceptual understanding of God and religion in our society; in other words do not base your answer solely on your own spiritual understanding (be open minded).
As you compose this answer and respond to the answers provided by your classmates, discuss the following questions within your answer:
1. What kind of God are the eyes of Hurston’s characters, especially Janie Crawford (Starks), watching?
2. What crucial moments of the plot does the title allude to?
3. Does this God ever answer Janie’s questioning?
* REMEMBER: All responses should be written in complete sentences. Initial responses are expected to be well thought out and well written (considering minimal spelling errors and diction or syntactical errors. As you respond to your classmates, please write in complete sentences and be clear in your explanation.
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I think that the p.o.v of the book is based around God. Janie has so many problems but throughout them all the keeps looking to him for direction in her life. All though there are some minor things in the book that would say that its not i believe that is is.
I completely agree with Ivana's statement. As she said, throughout the novel, Janie was always asking for help from God and it showed. God always pulled through for her. An example of this is when God protected her from Tea Cake and his insanity.
I know God plays a huge role in the novel, but this God is not really the Judeo-Christian god. God is not a single entity but a diffuse force. This outlook is particularly evident in the mystical way that Hurston describes nature. At various times, the sun, moon, sky, sea, horizon, and other aspects of the natural world appear imbued with divinity. The God in the title refers to these divine forces throughout the world, both beautiful and threatening, that Janie encounters. Her quest is a spiritual one because her uttermost goal is to find her place in the world, understand who she is, and be at peace with her environment.
I agree with Jamarcus in the fact that in the book God is not just an all powerful being but more like a guiding force for Janie.
I agree with Jamarcus all that Janie wants is to be happy and find herself. It takes a good amount of time for her understand things and make desicsions for what she really wants, God is one of the main things that Janie looks up to for help and support throughout her life.
I think that god is resembled throughout the whole book.From every tragedy in Janie's life to every moment of happiness. God is who helps Janie overcome all of her challenges. I believe that god was the reason Janie didn't give up and always kept going. There were many chances for Janie to just give up and stop moving forward but for some reason she always decided to search for her happiness and i think that this reason was god. I think god did answer Janie's questioning because Janie always took the best decisions and even thought they might of brought her trouble she was better than she was before.The most crucial moment of the story must of been when Janie had to kill Teacake and even though it wasn't written in the book i could tell that God helped Janie understand that killing Teacake was the right thing to do.
I agree with Eva when she states that God did answer Janie's questionings because Janie always ended up taking the best decisions eventhough they sometimes brought her difficulties. I also agree with the most crucial moment because it must of been really hard for Janie to kill the only man she truly loved. But God helped Janie understand that killing Tea Cake was the best thing to do.
God in this novel is not just one powerful being, but rather a force of nature, a guiding hand throughout the whole story. Janie lets this force and her own will guide her to true happiness. During the hurricane Janie and all the other workers on the muck put their lives in the hands of "God" and trust that this force will know what is best for them.Throughout the novel as Janie learns about herself and grows as a person she questions many things, and while "God" never directly answers her the questions she has are answered. So rather than "God" being the image most Christians have of him in this novel, he is an ever present entity always quietly pulling the strings but never majorly present in Janie's everyday life.
i agree with alysa that God help and "led" Janie throughout her whole life and guided her into the diection that he wanted her to go. In the end she listened and recieved what she had always wanted, love.