This essay analyzes the novel
Their Eyes Were Watching God written by Zora Neale Hurston.
The main focus is on whether the protagonist Janie acquires independence and a voice of her
own. Her quest for a voice is looked at in relation to the four characters, Nanny, Killicks,
Starks and Tea Cake, which all play a significant role in her journey throughout the novel. The
main theoretical terms used in this essay are directly linked to gender and gender roles and are
used to aid my hypothesis that gender is indeed socially constructed, and therefore it can be
constructed differently. What I aim to achieve with this study is to look at whether the novel
represents that a woman can acquire an independent voice in a male dominated society, if the
gender roles are constructed differently. The analysis shows, with the help of theory, that even
though Janie faces a lot of resistance, she manages to acquire an individual voice in Hurston’s
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