African-American Literature, Meridian and Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Many comparisons can be drawn between the novels Meridian, by Alice Walker, and Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. The protagonists of both books are African-American females searching in a confused, bewildered world. Meridian is the story of the title character’s life from childhood to the Civil Rights Movement while Eyes chronicle Janie’s ever-evolving character from life with a white family in the Deep South to her return ‘home’ to …

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…one’s own community and to understand and liberate one’s own soul can be strong forces in one’s life. These forces were incredibly strong in the lives of Janie, from Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Meridian, from Alice Walker’s novel of the same name. Their needs to identify with a community as well as with themselves caused the action in both works to flow and obtain meaning.