Their Eyes Were Watching God (Harper Lee)

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God


ISBN: 9780060838676Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: HarperCollinsBook Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Publication Year: 2013Target Audience: Trade
Author: Zora Neale HurstonReading Age: 18+


Their Eyes Were Watching God describes the life of Jenny, who fights against the shackles of traditional customs and strives for her right to be a human being.

Jenny yearns for happy love, like a pear tree in bloom. She looks forward to having bees kissing her. She was forced to marry Logan, a middle-aged black man with 60 acres of farmland, and then followed Joe Starks, a black boy, to a small black town under construction to start a new life.

Jenny did not want to be offered and enjoyed as a pet, or to sit on an empty high chair and do nothing. After Joe died, she followed a carefree, visionary black youth dessert who had neither money nor status to Florida to do seasonal work. They enjoy the fun of working together and the rich and vivid poetry and dance tradition of the black seasonal workers.

In the sudden flood, Dessert was bitten by a mad dog to save Jenny, and got hydrophobia. He shoots Jenny in his delirium, and Jenny is forced to fight back in self-defence. Finally, the white jury acquitted Jenny.

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About the Author

Zola Neil Heston (1891-1960) is an African American woman writer. In Eatonville, the first black town in the United States, Heston had a carefree childhood.

In 1918, she entered Howard University to study literature. In 1925, she came to New York, the center of black literature, where she began her creative career and became an active member of the Harlem Renaissance.

Heston devoted her whole life to maintaining the black cultural tradition and exploring the complete life value of black people.

She collected and sorted out the collection of black folktales Mules and People and Tell My Horse, and also wrote four novels: Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Gourd vine of Jonah, Moses, the Man of the Mountain, Six Winged Angels of Suwani, an autobiography Dust Tracks on the Road, and some short stories.

Heston uses a large number of black colloquial language in his novels to express the beauty of black language in poetic language.

Her works do not focus on racial struggle, but are devoted to showing that, like other races, black people also have the richness of life and the pursuit of happiness, and will also face the inevitable misfortune and tragedy in life.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Zora Neale Hurston, seven weeks in Haiti, and Their eyes were watching God / La Vinia Delois Jennings
  • Remembering the sacred tree: black women, nature, and Voodoo in Zora Neale Hurston’s Tell my horse and Their eyes were watching God / Rachel Stein
  • The myth and ritual of Ezili Freda in Hurston’s Their eyes were watching God / Derek Collins
  • Vodou imagery, African American tradition, and cultural transformation in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their eyes were watching God / Daphne Lamothe
  • “Black cat bone and snake wisdom”: New Orleanian Hoodoo, Haitian Voodoo and rereading Hurston’s Their eyes were watching God / Pamela Glenn Menke
  • “Papa Legba, ouvrier barriere por moi passer”: Esu in their eyes and Zora Neale Hurston’s diasporic modernism / Edward M. Pavlic
  • “Come and gaze on a mystery”: Oya as rain-bringing “I” of Zora Neale Hurston’s Atlantic storm walkings / Keith Cartwright
  • “Legba in the house”: African cosmology in Their eyes were watching God / Mawuena Logan
  • Voodoo and the black vernacular as weapons of resistance: liberation strategies in Their eyes were watching God / Babacar M’baye
  • “All those signs of possession”: love and death in Their eyes were watching God / Cynthia Ward
  • Zora Neale Hurston’s Vodun-Christianity juxtaposition: theological pluralism in Their eyes were watching God / Nancy Ann Watanabe.