Possible Parallels between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God



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Possible Parallels between Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God
DIRECTIONS: For each of the following, describe an example from the story that supports the listed reading of the text. Provide a quotation from Their Eyes Were Watching God for support.
1. Epistolary novels: A novel written in the form of letters. In this case, the author uses the letters as:

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  • An attempt to change his/her life to reflect the mirror image.

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2. Feminist novel: Writing from the position of “other” or “outsider” where, in this case, the woman is subordinate and disempowered. However, the act of telling her story empowers her. The manner in which the story is told helps to:


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3. Themes


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