Literary Conflict Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Their Eyes Were Watching God Literary Conflict

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Storyboarding is an excellent way to focus on types of literary conflict. Have your students choose an example of each literary conflict and depict them using the Storyboard Creator. In the storyboard, an example of each conflict should be visually represented, along with an explanation of the scene, and how it fits the particular category of conflict.

Literary Conflict in Their Eyes Were Watching God

MAN vs. MAN

Janie feels increasingly aggravated and disturbed by Jody’s constant remarks about her age and her body. She knows that he is feeling self-conscious about his own aging body and is projecting it onto her, but when he critiques her in front of men in the store, she fires back at him, insulting his manhood and comparing his body to a woman in menopause. He strikes her out of humiliation and his lost sense of pride.


MAN vs. SELF

Shortly after Janie is married to Logan Killicks, she keeps waiting to be happy. She’s been told her whole life that when people get married, they fall in love, so she marries Logan and waits for the love to begin. After a year, Janie realizes that being married does not create love, and her dreams of love and marriage die. She becomes restless and expectant for something more.


MAN vs. SOCIETY

Janie returns home to Eatonville and finds that the other women of the town are gossiping about her. They are jealous of her beauty, and speculate that she acts as if she’s better than they are. They remember how she left Eatonville with all of Joe Starks’ money, and they wonder where Tea Cake is, a man much younger than Janie. Their jealousy clouds their ability to accept her, so they ostracize her. Pheoby is the only person who stands up for Janie.



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Create a storyboard that shows at least three forms of literary conflict in Their Eyes Were Watching God.


  1. Identify conflicts in Their Eyes Were Watching God.
  2. Categorize each conflict as Character vs. Character, Character vs. Self, Character vs. Society, Character vs. Nature, or Character vs. Technology.
  3. Illustrate conflicts in the cells, using characters from the story.
  4. Write a short description of the conflict below the cell.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.

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