Symbols: the green light on daisy's dock, the eyes of doctor t j eckleburg, the valley of ashes, gatsby's parties, east egg, west egg tone: nick's attitudes toward gatsby and gatsby's story are ambivalent and contradictory. Anthropologist and novelist zora neale hurston was a fixture of the harlem renaissance before writing her masterwork, 'their eyes were watching god' eyes were watching god (1937) the novel. Hurston’s masterwork, their eyes were watching god (1937), which forms the basis of this lesson, is important for several reasons the tale of janie’s three marriages is the pre-eminent novel written by a woman who participated in the harlem renaissance.
Their eyes were watching god was published in 1937, long after the heyday of the harlem renaissance the literature of the 1920s, a period of postwar prosperity, was marked by a sense of freedom and experimentation, but the 1930s brought the depression and an end to the cultural openness that had allowed the harlem renaissance to flourish.
'their eyes were watching god' upon receiving a guggenheim fellowship, hurston traveled to haiti and wrote what would become her most famous work: their eyes were watching god (1937) the novel tells the story of janie mae crawford, who learns the value of self-reliance through multiple marriages and tragedy. \\ home \ their eyes were watching god: historical context including the naacp in addition, the 1920s in harlem was a decade of extraordinary creativity in the arts by african americans, and is popularly referred to as the harlem renaissance rather then setting her novel their eyes were watching god (1937), in a northern city, she. Start studying unit 4: us history h learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools -based gangster ran a crime syndicate based on smuggling and bootlegging of liquor during the prohibition era of the 1920s and 1930s who wrote their eyes were watching god, usually considered that person's finest work.
Interestingly, rather then setting her novel their eyes were watching god (1937), in a northern city, she sets it back in the south in eatonville, she created (or perhaps simply represented, eatonville as a real place) a self-sufficient all-black community - harlem, but on a much smaller scale. But their legacy persists, freshly shaping much of our racial discourse on the occasion of black history month, i’ve selected the most influential books on race and the black experience published in the united states for each decade of the nation’s existence — a history of race through ideas, arranged chronologically on the shelf. Langston hughes was one of the greatest poets of the harlem renaissance, a literary and intellectual flowering that fostered a new black cultural identity in the 1920s and 1930s his poem “the weary blues,” also the title of this poetry collection, won first prize in a contest held by opportunity magazine.
Many critics have criticized their eyes were watching god for ignoring the plight of african american farmers in the south during the 1920s and 30s, although hurston does briefly describe the downtrodden migrant workers who come to pick beans on the muck.
1930s 1934: lippincott publishes hurston's first novel, jonah's gourd vine, followed by their eyes were watching god in 1937 during the worst years of the depression, over 25% of the labor force is unemployed 1935: fdr launches federal writers' project 1940s hurston writes dust tracks on a road in california. Historical context of their eyes were watching god following the emancipation proclamation in 1863, many all-black towns began to emerge in the south in the united states, and were soon incorporated into the nation officially.
Setting (time) the early twentieth century, presumably the 1920s or 1930s setting (place) rural florida their eyes were watching god: theme, symbols, tone.