Reading Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” and Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God” Together: Part II

Matthew Teutsch
5 min readMar 22, 2024

In my previous post, I wrote about the symbolism of the parrot and birds in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and the mule in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, specifically how they represent the positions of Edna Pontellier and Janie Crawford with a patriarchal society. Today, I want to…

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Matthew Teutsch

Here, you will find reflections on African American, American, and Southern Literature, American popular culture and politics, and pedagogy.