Their Eyes Were Watching God, a novel by Zora Neale Hurston, shares a journey Janie Crawford, the main character, takes to find her inner voice and independence from her world. Janie’s story is a story of evolution, of an African American woman finding her own strength and voice to be herself, to do as she pleases and to really open herself up to giving and receiving pure love. Through the different men she comes to love, Janie learns to search for her own contentment.
You should note that, because of Hurston’s unique writing technique, the novel may be hard to read at first. Throughout the whole story, the characters use Ebonics, the black dialect, to communicate. It is very different from your everyday readings. However, Hurston attracts you to the story quickly that you unconsciously adjust your reading to her distinct writing technique.
-Su Been Lee