like evil÷ (Hurston 1978, 17). The process of naming dilutes identity is HurstonĂs point. Baker (1987) underscores the significant of naming and reports that Janie is ˘known to her childhood cohorts as ŠalphabetĂ because she has been given so many Šdifferent namesĂ÷ (37). She has been marginalized within American culture because she does not have a single, definitive name that embodies within her all the possibility of naming. The only method Janie has of shaping a positive and expressive identity is to divide herself into distinct public and private personas, a further dilution of identity.
Baker, H. A. (1987). Ideology and narrative form. In Modern Critical Interpretations: Zora Neale HurstonĂs Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York, NY: Chelsea House, 35-39.
Hurston (1978) alludes to this split persona when she ultimately identifies Janie as follows: ˘She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them÷ (68). It is JanieĂs realization that her grandmotherĂs best intentions have contributed to her divided self. Acquiring her own name necessitates the rejection of protection and security which Nanny Logan and Jody all s