Their EyesWere Watchinggod
Zora Neale Hurston
Hurston's work is, the majority of the time, a reflection of her own self.
Basic Timeline- Janies Nanny arranges for her to get married to Logan Killicks, an older man.After Logan tries to force her to help with the hard labour of the farm, Janie runs off with Joe Starks, a younger man, in hope of finding love.Joe takes her to Eatonville, an all coloured town, where he invests in more land and builds several convenient buildings, for example, the shop.
Janie realises Joe wants her as a trophy wife after he is appointed Mayor and allows her to run the shop but forbids her to socialise with the others. After Joe Starks passes away, Janie is left financially independent and feels free. Janie falls in love with a young drifter who goes by the name Tea Cake.Janie and Tea Cake run off to the Everglades region where they both have a loving relationship like Janie always wanted.The region is hit by a hurricane, but although they both survive, Tea Cake gets bitten by a rabid dog whilst protecting Janie.As his sickness develops, he tries to shoot Janie with a pistol, forcing Janie to shoot him with a rifle in self defence.She is charged with murder. At the trial, black men turn up against Janie, whilst a group of white women turn up in aid of her. The all-white jury acquits Janie.Janie gives Tea Cake an appropriate funeral. She returns to Eatonville, where the residents are already gossiping about her.