Zora Neale Hurston “Their Eyes were watching God”

Their Eyes Were Watching God

The notion of judgment is a major concern during the opening part of the novel. There are a variety of reasons for this focus. The person being judged in these opening pages is revealed to be Janie Starks. Janie is described as mysterious and is a past resident of the town, but she had previously met a younger man and left with him. The people judging Janie seem to judge her out of jealousy of her beauty. The specific people judging Janie are the women gathered on Pheoby Watson’s porch. It seems that Huston starts the novel on this note as Janie is a protagonist and just as the women are wondering about her background, so is the reader curious as to her past.
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