Their Eyes Were Watching God is Hurston’s best-known work, a novel that centers around Janie, a poor black girl raised in Florida by her grandmother, who is always searching for something more. Her struggle with who she wants to be versus who others expect her to be is a central conflict throughout the novel. In addition to Janie’s journey to self-realization, the novel examines other important themes, including defining gender roles, the difference between love and marriage, silence, and the tension created by a social hierarchy within the African American community itself.
Their Eyes Were Watching God characters - Janie Mae Crawford
JANIE MAE CRAWFORD
Quiet; determined; restless; gentle; avoids confrontation; wishes to find true love; has a quiet inner strength
Fair-skinned; long dark hair; beautiful; graceful
“The familiar people and things had failed her so she hung over the gate and looked up the road towards way off. She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.”