An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions

An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
An Introduction - "Their Eyes Were Watching God": PPT with embedded questions
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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston

Directions: Take out a blank sheet of paper and #1-6. Answer all questions from this slide show on paper.

History

Hurston lived in Florida,

Lives in the all-black town in the US

Her dad was a priest, a carpenter, and at times a mayor

Her mother was a teacher

History

She was one of 8 children

1. Question-How would you feel if you were born to a family of eight children?

Harlem Renaissance

The end of WW1 through the 1930’s

Talented African-American writers produced poetry, fiction, drama, and essays

Hurston was one of them

Harlem Renaissance

W. E. B. DuBois introduced the notion of “two-ness”: a divided awareness of one’s identity as both Black and an American

Hurston

She Studied at Howard University.

Published in literary magazine (1921)

She moved to New York in 1925.

She became a significant figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

2. Question: Do you know any other successful minority or poor writers?

Use of folk material

Use of the blues

More than just a literary movement

“back to Africa” movement

Racial inclusion

Explored music

jazz, spirituals, and blues

Painting

Drama

Hurston was a great anthropologist.

She wrote about black folklore.

She helped write journals with other experienced writers.

4. Question: What do you think an anthropologist is? Why would Hurston want to be one?

Hurston’s Downfall

Their Eyes were Watching God was published in 1937

1930s brought an end to openness

Hurston’s style was no longer popular

She received negative reviews

People had to be more conservative, less free, more careful about what they said.

5. Question: What other groups of people have been discriminated against due to cultural changes?

Hurston refused to “honor” gender roles

Her behavior sometimes seemed shocking

She was not popular for a many years

By late 1940’s she could not get published.

In the 1950’s she worked as a maid.

In late 1950’s she had a stroke and entered a home in Florida.

Died penniless in 1960 and was buried in an unmarked grave

In late 60s, Alice Walker rediscovered Hurston’s work.

In 1973, marked Hurston’s grave - “A Genius of the South”.

Walker’s 1975 essay, “In Search of Zora Neale Hurston,” published in Ms magazine,

Brought about new interest in her work

Spike Lee’s film She’s Gotta Have It is a modern adaptation of the novel

6. Question: Why would these themes be important?

Themes

Speech and silence

Power and conquest as a means to fulfillment

Love and relationships v. independence

Motifs

Community

both positive and negative

Race and racism

issues of race are present

Folklore quality of religion

God is not a single entity

Organized religion never appears

Symbols

Hair

The pear tree and the horizon

The hurricane

Major Characters

Janie

Dreams of love and wonders whether love will come with marriage

Nanny

Born into slavery on a plantation, she bears Leafy. Nanny dotes on her grandchild, Janie

Mrs. Washburn

Nanny’s employer and benefactor

Major Characters

Logan Killicks

Janie’s first husband

Joe Starks

Janie’s second husband and the mayor of Eatonville

Vergible “Tea Cake” Woods

Janie’s third husband

Pheoby Watson

Janie’s best friend and confidante

She can be trusted to listen to Janie’s story

Frame Structure

The novel begins and ends with two people, Janie and Pheoby, sitting on the porch of Janie’s house

Janie tells her stories to Pheoby during the course of an evening

Janie begins with what has happened in the years since she left Eatonville and memories of her childhood

Story proceeds chronologically

Frame gives Janie a voice in the novel

The End!

- Enjoy the book -

Total Pages
21 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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