The Quest for Self Identity in “Their Eyes Were Watching God” and “Mrs. Dalloway”

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Essay #: 060058
Total text length is 17,561 characters (approximately 12.1 pages).

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The Quest for Self Identity in "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and "Mrs. Dalloway"
In Zora Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, both authors portray strong women characters who struggle to find their own unique identity in male dominated societies. While both Janie and Clarissa Dalloway struggled to discover their own feminine identity, they also had to discern their social status. For Clarissa, this revolved around economic class while Janie struggled with her role as a Negro. This search for self-identity can be very complicated and difficult and is especially compounded when the individual feels oppressed by society. Life is overwrought with uncertainties that lead to either a combination of...
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..... insight into the inner workings of the female psyche as she struggles to find self identity. Each writer discusses a same theme, uses varying points of view and different language literary devices to reveal characterization. Though some of the styles differ in regards to language devices, the results are similar in that the writer is able to provide additional perspectives of characterization through thought, action and the observation of others. With both being female writers they are able to produce believable characters and provide insight into the feminine mind.
References
Hurston, Zora Neale. (1978). Their Eyes Were Watching God. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Press.
Woolf, Virginia. (1985). Mrs. Dalloway. New York, NY: Harcourt.