“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you.”
“Those that don't got it, can't show it.
Those that got it, can't hide it. ”
I remember first being introduced to the writing of
Zora Neale Hurston back in Honors English class in high school. I really enjoyed my Honors English classes to explore so many rich depths of literature, to appreciate literature in all forms, and really dissecting the beauty of words beyond the story.
Zora Neale Hurston was a famous black author who was associated with the Harlem Renaissance.
You can read more about that here.
My first read,
She opened eyes to an entirely new world of writing.
Her use of such unique use of language, imagery, symbolism, and particularly her mastery of rural Southern black dialect...
"Their Eyes Were Watching God" is a beautiful story of finding a voice, with language as an instrument of injury and salvation, of selfhood and empowerment. Also, topics of race, racism, religion, love, and relationships weave heavy throughout the book. The main character, Janie, achieves a strong sense of self, enlightenment, and comes to appreciate her independence.
Some of my favorite reads from the book are...
“Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me.”
“Love is like the sea. It's a moving thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from the shore it meets, and it's different with every shore. ”
“Her old thoughts were going to come in handy now, but new words would have to be made and said to fit them.”