Whilst the years being married to her abusive

Whilst Things Fall Apart is focused on the development
of masculinity in a changing culture,
Their Eyes Were Watching God explores the experience of female characters
in the southern states of America. Hurston’s use of third-person narrative suggests
that Janie’s storytelling is an echo, which maintains an authoritative voice
even after the social imbalance she has experienced. For example, in chapter 7,
“All the fights out of Janie’s face.” had been taken from the years being
married to her abusive husband Jody. It seemed as if Janie adapted to Jody’s
insatiable desire for control and tolerant of his behaviour, in response
ignored her value as a woman. Perhaps Janie is a reflection of Hurston as both
were victims of identical violence as they received physically beating from
their husband and told as women, they should give up their career, as they had
to dedicate their life to their husband. As Janie became confident within the
decision she makes for example…  she gains the power
necessary to return to Eatonville to retell her story, foreshadowing herself as
a championed victim of her goal in finding her true identity. Janie recounting
her story to Pheoby suggests when women trust other women with their personal stories; unity is created
within their voices as well as a collective gender experience. As Pheoby says she has become,”10 feet higher” just from
listening to Janie, which emphasises the female empowerment the character Janie
enforces upon women. Perhaps Janie’s search for identity was enforced by
Hurston’s involvement in travelling to the South and Caribbean to record local
stories, as she placed great value on how people expressed themselves through
language. Hence why Hurston expresses women suffering from society’s
anticipations, so she writes the novel from a female perspective and from a
mind of a women by using vernacular speech. Likewise in Achebe’s novel the
dialect of African American culture is used throughout the novel, for example,
“I” becomes “Ah.” As Janie learns to establish primary authority over the
novel, man’s opinion and emotion becomes secondary. Interestingly, Critic Henry
Louis Gates claims, “Hurston is a rhetoric of division, rather than a fiction
of physiological or cultural unity.” If Hurston wishes to earn equality she
should emphasise the importance of a cohesive community, rather than increasing
the development of gender segregation through a female’s perspective of the
novel. However, I agree with Critic Simmons as he acknowledges that, “If a
successful narrative is to be achieved by Janie, it will be a result of her own
decisions and actions, whether or not she makes them in the company of a man.”
As Simmons discusses, if Janie is to achieve any agency, it is not going to be
within a society ruled by man but through the decisions she has to make along
her journey.