Laurie M. Mixter
English Composition 101-NC01
9 May 2012
Her Life and Her Books Were Part of Her Identity
She sent this in a letter to a friend, “I have the nerve to walk my own way, however hard, in my search for reality, rather than climb upon the rattling wagon of wishful illusions." (Letter from Zora Neale Hurston to Countee Cullen) That says it all, Zora Neal Hurston was her own person, and I the Book, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” she reflects this in her writing about the caractor Janie. Janie is wishful, flamboyant, silly and outspoken, just as Zora was said to be. The book Zora wrote also, talks about the life of people in the south and how woman were treated, much like the way her father treated her. In the first chapter Zora spoke about Janie and her grandmother and their relationship and how Janie’s is a little more apt to people being in love, and not just marrying for the sake of connivance. So, in chapter 19 and 20 we finally see she has grown up and grown mature to see life as it truly is. I think Zora speaks about these people, especially Janie as she reflects back on her own life. Woman were also, chastised, punished, outcast for having their own mind, so returning to the muck she know what she is in for, gossip. Zora Neal Hurston also, faced these things in her life time as an educated woman during the 1940’s.
To be your own Peron as Janie found out; in the book is not as easy as it seems. You have to deal with criticism from, your family, friends, etc. Janie has lost Tea Cake, the last man she ever really loved. The people in the much she worked with and were friends with blame Janie for the being possibly being attracted to Mrs. Turners Brother. Janie now has to get herself together, the shooting incident is over, she has been found not guilty, and life goes on. Janie feels she needs to leave the muck and so she does; picks up her garden seeds and leaves. She returns to Eatonville a much strong...