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Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Their Eyes Were Watching God. Zora Neale Hurston. About the Author. Read and annotate the handouts A Brief Biography and Jim Crow take notes on significant information from the handouts. Historical Background. Novel published in 1937, during the Harlem Renaissance - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching GodZora Neale Hurston

Read and annotate the handouts A Brief Biography and Jim Crow take notes on significant information from the handouts

About the Author

Novel published in 1937, during the Harlem RenaissanceHarlem Renaissance: 1920s-1930s, cultural movement in NYC African American racial pride expressed through art, music, and literatureNotable artists include: Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, W.E.B DuBois, Harlem Globetrotters, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, etcHistorical Background

Bildungsroman= coming-of-age novel

Setting= early 20th century, rural Florida

Major Premise: Janie, an African American woman in the early 1900s, learns who she is as a person as she faces various obstacles (relationships, society, nature, etc)

Significant Characters:Janie CrawfordJody StarksTea CakeLogan KillicksPheoby Watson

Novel: Key FactsDefinition: A narrative structure in which a story is enclosed in another story, a tale within a taleFrame StoryThe horizonThe porchJanies hair/headragsMule(s)The gateThe pear treeThe hurricaneSymbolsDefinition: A way of speaking that is characteristic of a certain social group or of the inhabitants of a certain geographical area

Activity: Using the section you read for today, record 5 passages (with page #s!) written in dialect in your notes. Underneath each passage, translate the dialogue into standard English.Why would an author choose to use dialect in her writing?Dialect

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