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Their Eyes Were Watching God Lesson Plan

Relationship to Other Books

Their Eyes Were Watching God was written in the time of the Harlem Renaissance, but it is debatable whether it is considered part of the canon of the Harlem Renaissance or not. However, the novel can be connected to several other books that depict the plight of black women in America.

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings tells the story of Angelou as a child, and shares many of the same themes of love, sexuality, and power. Other related titles are If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, and Beloved by Toni Morrison. A good contemporary analogue to Hurston might be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, whose writing on race and gender is prominent in...

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