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Voice and Sites of Resistance: A Woman's Quest for Empowerment and Freedom through Voice in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2023 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Voice and Sites of Resistance : A Woman's Quest for Empowerment and Freedom through Voice in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay analyzes the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God written by Zora Neale Hurston, 1937. The main focus is how the protagonist Janie uses her voice to subvert patriarchal oppression. In this essay my hypothesis is that she has a voice all along. However, it evolves due to her ability to engage in activities that are subversive to patriarchy. Her journey throughout the novel is a journey where the oppression from her relationships only makes her grow stronger as a woman. During her journey towards self-revelation as an empowered woman, she gradually gains her freedom and her own authentic voice by asserting control over her body and thoughts. The main theoretical terms of this essay are used in direct link to the struggles and achievements of formulating the self in a male dominated society. What I aim to achieve with this essay is to show how Janie emerges as a subject with a voice of her own in Hurston’s novel.

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2023. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
There Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, voice, subversive, empowerment, freedom, woman, authentic, self
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-51918OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-51918DiVA, id: diva2:1810399
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English
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Subject Teacher Education for Secondary School
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Available from: 2023-11-14 Created: 2023-11-07 Last updated: 2023-11-14Bibliographically approved

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