Their Eyes Were Watching God Book Report
1. Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God
2. Author/Date Written: Zora Neale Hurston/1937
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Janie Mae Crawford- The book’s main character. She is a very strong willed, independent person. She is able to defy a low class, unhappy life because of these factors, even though the environment that she grew up and lived in was never on her side.
Pheoby Watson – Janie’s best friend in Eatonville. Pheoby is the only towns person who respects and cares for Janie. She is trustworthy and kind.
Sam Watson - Pheoby's husband. Sam deals with problems in the community by using humor. His presence makes Janie more at ease, and comfortable.
Nanny Crawford - Janie's grandmother. She is concerned for Janie and is sometimes overbearing when she makes decisions for Janie.
Mr. and Mrs. Washburn- The Washburns were very sweet to both Nanny and Janie. They supplied Nanny with a job after she became free and they aided in raising Janie.
Johnny Taylor – During her adolescent years, Janie kissed Johnny. This is what caused Nanny’s decision for Janie to marry Logan Hicks.
Logan Killicks- Janie’s first husband. He is financially stable, yet unloving to Janie. She finds that she would be happier with Jody Starks.
Jody Starks - Janie's second husband. During their marriage, he becomes a powerful man and his ambitions and high set goals cause him to lose connection with Janie. The marriage ends soon after.
Tea Cake - Janie's third husband. He is understanding and warm. As he accepts her as herself, he also gets worked up and harms her a few times.
Motor Boat – A close, dear friend from the Everglades who attempts to avoid the hurricane with the couple. (Tea Cake and Janie).
Annie Tyler and Who Flung – Annie was a rich woman from Eatonville who became engaged to a younger man. Early into their relationship he takes her money and is never seen again. This story inspires Janie not to be so trusting and actually causes her to fear that Tea Cake will steal her money and leave.
The major places are: West Florida, Eatonville, Jacksonville, and the Everglades. West Florida is where Janie grows up, and is raised by Nanny and the Washburns. Eatonville is a second home to Janie. This is where she begins and ends her journey with Jody Starks and where she comes home to rest at the novel’s conclusion. Both of her stays (during the plot), were rather uncomfortable for Janie. For example, the battling with Jody and the patronizing from the townspeople when she returns without Tea Cake makes the reader feel a little at edge and suspicious of Eatonville’s population.
Jacksonville is the first place that Janie and Tea Cake live together. Right from the beginning, their stay has an uncertain feeling. Tea Cake’s dishonesty and act of theft makes Jacksonville seem like a hard, uneasy place to reside. Their decision to move to the Everglades gives the...