Zora Neale Hurston; A figures of the Harlem Renaissance
At the beginning of the novel, Janie has no name when she comes to Eatonville. Hurston (1978) describes Janie as ˘so the beginning of this was a woman÷ (9). Janie is finally named by the townspeople on the porch, itself symbolic of an entry into an enclosed home or community. However, she is incorrectly named as ˘Janie Starks÷, despite the fact that she has married three times (Hurston 1978, 12). The power of naming as a symbolic act is referenced by Hurston (1978), with respect to the actions of the townspeople sitting on their porch: ˘They became lords of sounds and lesser things. They passed nations through their mouths. They sat in judgment÷ (10).

Janie eventually realizes the negative relationship that occurs between her neighborĂs sense of power and naming. Speaking to Phoeby, she calls them the collective ˘Mouth-Almighty÷ (Hurston 1978, 16). The symbolic power of naming is further reinforced by Phoeby, who tells Janie that ˘so long as they get a name to gnaw on they donĂt care whose it is and what about, Šspecially if they can make it soun

    Some topics in this essay  
    HurstonĂs Baker | Eatonville Hurston | Harlem Renaissance | Watching God | Tea CakeĂs | Speaking Phoeby | Logan Jody | Tea Cake | hurston 1978 | Neale Hurston | References Baker | zora neale | watching god | eyes watching god | eyes watching | neale hurston | zora neale hurston | york ny | power naming | neale hurstonĂs eyes | king 1998 | janie ˘so | janie finally | zora neale hurstonĂs | hurstonĂs eyes watching |  
    Get Better Grades!  
    Saved Papers  
    Save your essays here so you can locate them quickly!  
"It's nice to be able to find information so quickly and easily."
Jillian T.
"I enjoy reading other writers papers to get their perspective on things. It makes writing my own paper so much easier."
Cindy A.
"I've used this site for 2 semesters and I'll be back next year for sure!"
Liz R.
"This site rocks! I got an A thanks to you helping with my writers block."
Sara B.
"I was in a real bind and your site helped me to come up with ideas for my paper."
Brian T.
Copyright © 1999 - 2014 CollegeTermPapers.com. All Rights Reserved. DMCA