T.S. Elliot writes: “what we call a beginning is often the end/ And to make an end
is to make a beginning./ The end is where we start from.” In order to begin self
realization a person must first conquer a hindrance in their path. This idea is used to
portray the nature of Janie’s “exploration” in There Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora
Neale Hurston. Through the use of style,
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self fulfillment is, in fact, the vanquishment of one’s adversities.
Hurston proves this theme throughout her novel by the employment of style, setting, and
symbolism. Without dealing with obstacles one cannot understand the accomplishment
that ensues them, and therefore would not be able to begin the pursuit of happiness or self
attribution until the end of her quandary; hence further validating T.S. Elliot’s quote as
well as Hurston’s theme.