As each one of us may agree, many women have been a subject to inferiority, abuse, and violence by their husbands and other male offenders. In fact, we constantly hear news about women who are raped, beaten, and exploited, not to mention famous female celebrities and public figures…
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In line with this, Zora Neale Hurston and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, both renowned authors of their time, tackle stories relating to women and the oppression as well as the inferiorities that the characters in their stories/novels have gone through. In this regard, this paper aims to dissect, explicate, and compare how women are inferior in these books: "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (by Hurston) and "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (by Marquez). Hence, a closer look at the female characters in the said stories will be done in order to pull out the instances where they experience lowliness, oppression and inferiority. In addition, the analysis portion or section of this paper shall be divided into subsections to allow focus and better discussion.
As a background, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" tells about Janie Mae Crawford's (the novel's lead character/protagonist) unique journey in her life. In the course of the story, she has been married successively to three men (Logan Killicks [1st], Jody Starks [2nd], and Tea Cake [3rd]) who eventually changed her life through various experiences that she encounters as she spends some years of her life with each of these individuals.
On the other hand, "Chron...
The Women in "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
The struggles and inferiorities of the female characters, especially the protagonist, are indeed evident as the story flows. In the beginning, Nanny (Janie's grandmother), being a black woman, reflects on the slavery that she experienced during her younger years, which urged her to insinuate Janie's wedding to his first husband to ensure her granddaughter's stability. Moreover, it was mentioned that Janie's grandmother was raped by her master, and in the same way, Janie's mother, Leafy, was also molested/raped by her schoolteacher.
Conversely, as Janie lives with her first husband, Logan, she is being asked to perform manual labor (chapter 4). Further, she receives insults and belittling from him in a confrontation between them, a night before Janie leaves him for another man.
As Janie steps into another chapter in her life, this time with Jody, she is not exempted in regard to being inferior and oppressed. Janie is deprived of Jody's time as the latter is busy with his role as the town's mayor. In one circumstance, oppression is seen as Janie is being prevented from making a speech for Jody's reason that "wives shouldn't make speeches". In so doing, Janie becomes angry and offended by his action, yet she keeps these feelings to her self. Besides, Jody shows his being a "control freak", which he argues as just being 'responsible", as evidenced by preventing Janie from interacting with the people on the porch whom he tagged as "trashy people" (chapter 6). In the same way, he shows control over Janie by instructing her to wear a head-rag due to his unexpressed feeling of
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