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Their Eyes Were Watching God

As I first started reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston I was annoyed by the archaic language used by the characters, however I was intrigued by the main character Janie whose life was like so many other women of that time and so many still today. Women who have to hide who they really are and what they really want out of life.

Janie was a happy young soul forced to live an old soul’s life until she was an older woman. Then when least expected a wild, crazy, untamed love presented her with the chance to be her true self. Was it a gamble she was willing to take at her age? Would it pay off? Sometimes to have the life of your dreams you have to be willing to swim against the tide. You have to believe in wild crazy love and have a very young soul even when you might be too old for it.