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Analytical Paper Objective: To understand the importance of themes, symbols, stylistic choices, characters and conflicts in
the novel. Explore the ideas that are best represented in Hurston’s novel and how they reflect issues in American Society.
Directions: Write a 900-1200 word essay analyzing the major literary elements presented in Zora Neale
Huston’s novel: Their Eyes Were Watching God. Use your notes and knowledge to show how the story focuses on specific themes, symbols, stylistic choices, characters and/or conflicts. Choose the scenes that you believe are the most influential of the story. Provide an interpretation of your choice of literary element(s) and how it affects the characters and/or conflicts
Create an outline to help organize your thoughts. You may use any style of outline you wish. Use your notes and knowledge to make connections between your choice of theme and characters, symbols, stylistic choices and/or conflicts.
Your final paper needs to be typed. It should be 12 point, Times New Roman, and double-spaced. If you do not have a computer at home, you may use the computers in the classroom or in the library. We will be in the Library for TWO DAYS, so you should not have a problem tying the paper. Handwritten papers will not be accepted.
June 7 – Day B June 8 – Day A June 9 – Day B 7:30 – 11:30 7:30 – 11:30 7:30 – 11:30 Final Exams Periods 4/6 Final Exams Periods 1/3 Final Exams Periods 5/7
Late papers will not be accepted. It is imperative that this assignment be turned in on the date above or earlier. <3 Mr. Carter
Compare and contrast Janie's three marriages. What does it symbolize for Janie? How do we know that Janie attains the things seen on the Horizon? What other characters try to reach their horizons? 2. 5.Topic Suggestions: 1. Janie struggles with the ability to establish her role as a woman throughout the story. How does Hurston portray the role of women in Their Eyes Were Watching God? Does this reflect the perception of women of the time? What about modern beliefs? 6. In her marriage to Jody. Where does Janie find love? How does Hurston use symbols and figurative language to display the growth of Janie’s emotions? Explain Nanny’s role of suppressing the theme of love. At several points. Discuss the role of silence in the book and how that role changes throughout the novel. Yet Janie remains silent during key moments in her life. Their Eyes Were Watching God is concerned with issues of speech and how speech is both a mechanism of control and a vehicle of liberation. however. Love resonates throughout the Hurston’s Novel. Students may create a thesis of their own choosing as long as it fits the criteria found in the directions. it is obvious that he feels threatened by her. . What initially pulls her to each of the three men? How do they differ from one another? What does she learn from each experience? 3. Janie’s life is full of self-revelations. Janie is dominated by his power. How do Janie’s experiences echo her character’s development from childhood through adulthood? 7. Why does Jody need to be in control of everyone around him? How does Janie threaten Jody and his sense of control? 4. Discuss the idea of the horizon in Their Eyes Were Watching God. These are merely suggestions.