African American Marriage in Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God" This literary study will analyze the impact of white hegemonic racism on the marital relationships that Nanny and Janie Crawford experience in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. In the Deep South, Janie experiences the humiliation of white racism by the restrictions placed on her by Nanny’s sexual relationship with a white plantation owner. As a result of Janie’s mother being half-white, nanny pushes her to marry abusive African American men. Janie becomes the victim of the white hegemonic racial construct of marriage, since her mother born out of wedlock and lust. In essence, the construct of white hegemonic racism overtly creates dysfunctional and...The end:
.....nces Nanny’s behaviors in forcing Janie to marry abusive men in Hurston’s novel. The brutal treatment that Nanny endured as a victim of her slave master’s sexual conduct and abuse leaves a legacy of hatred and dysfunction in Janie’s marriages to Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake. After the death of Tea Cake, the white authorities vindicate Janie for the murder, but it was white racism that had constructed the entire hatred and violence that occurred due to Nanny’s influence. In these ways, the white hegemonic racism imposed on Nanny and Janie define the dysfunction of African American marriage in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Works Cited: Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Harper, 1998.