Love and desire in literature As we have explored, our sense of personal and social identity can inf English and Literature – Coursework

As we have explored, our sense of personal and social identity can influence our experiences of love and desire. In discussion post 6, we consider Janie’s journey in Their Eyes Were Watching God and discuss how her identity affects her understanding of love and desire.

For this discussion, we will explore Janie’s journey in Their Eyes Were Watching God as a path to finding her authentic and confident voice as a grown woman. The concept of “finding a voice” is central to a strong and authentic identity. Those without voices–without the ability to express themselves – have less access to power in society than those with the loudest voices. One’s gender, sexuality, or racial or ethnic background can affect one’s access to a loud voice among the majority. Where and when a person comes of age can shape this as well, as we see in the novel. In Hurston’s novel, Janie describes her journey to find her own voice in a society that expects her to be seen and not heard. When does she first begin to find her voice? Or, is she always voiceless and powerless? How does Janie’s identity as a biracial woman in the U.S. South of the 1920’s shape her voice? Use specific examples from the novel to support your answer.

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