This essay analyzes the different conflicts experienced by the characters in the novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

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The novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, centers on an important theme; that personal discoveries and life experiences help a person find themselves. The characters in this novel go through many different conflicts during the course of the story. These conflicts vary from problems with themselves, other people, society, and even nature. This essay will discuss a few points of conflict in the story.

This novel seems to be largely based upon Janie's relationships with other people; when in fact, it is really an account of her search for identity. For instance, one example of a conflict is Jody preventing her from talking after he assumed the position of mayor. This suppression of individuality and freedom of speech is very disheartening. In all actuality, her hatred of him most likely originates from the constant feeling of oppression that he inflicts upon her.

In addition, Tea Cake for example, was so consumed with arrogance, that he tried to navigate his way through a hurricane.

He was certain that he could survive the storm because of his knowledge and experience in the muck. Unfortunately for Tea Cake, nature revealed the limits of human power. In turn, he was overpowered by the hurricane and ended up struggling to survive the ordeal. This limit to the scope of one's power proves that a power-oriented approach toward attaining fulfillment will ultimately hurt you in the end.

Also, there was a big uproar in the community when Janie and Tea Cake started dating. The community felt that she should be mourning Jody's death and more importantly, he was most likely jus after her money. In addition, there was the fact that he was much younger than she was. The opinion of the community sometimes caused Janie to feel like Tea Cake was embarrassed of...