Their Eyes Were Watching God Identity Analysis

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Although Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, and Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer have very different plots they all deal with characters who experience an epiphany about their identity, either consciously or subconsciously. These characters leave their known environment to go to what they think will be a better place, but on their journey they lose their sense of who they used to be. Because humans are so dependent on their environment the characters of the summer reading novels lose their sense of identity along with their environment, depicting this relationship between identity and community. In Janie’s early life in Their Eyes Were Watching God, she lived with her grandmother, Nanny. When she was with her Nanny she was constantly told that she needed a man and with that message always being told to her, she believed it to be true. So she went and married her first husband, Logan, very prematurely. This is when she first leaves the society she was born into. Along with leaving she finds…show more content…
Circumstances take Huck out of his normal southern small city environment to making his whole environment wherever he and Jim are. When Huck becomes engulfed by his relationship with Jim, his character changes from a reckless southern white boy to a more mature young man. In the beginning of chapter 14-16 Twain portrays Huck as a typical southern white boy who treats Jim as someone who is less than he. He does this by making Jim’s speech almost unreadable and ununderstandable to the average reader by emphasizing Jim’s “black way of speaking”. Huck later realizes that he does have a respect for Jim and who he is, as well as his feelings. Huck’s change in feeling is significant. It reveals that humans are a direct product of their environment. When Huck’s only constant factor in his life became Jim, his mindset

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