Their Eyes Were Watching God: Crash Course Literature 301

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In which John Green reads Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” and talks to you about it. You’ll learn about Zora Neale Hurston’s life, and we’ll also look at how the interpretations of the book have changed over time. Also, this book will give you a healthy appreciation for the rabies vaccine, and the terrible dilemmas you’ve avoided thanks to that modern development.


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30 Responses

  1. The Young Panda says:

    i always thought it was weird that his past had a beard…

    … back then I was stupid and didn't realize it was the same person

  2. Jazz says:

    0:08, he blinks.

  3. Austin Taylor says:

    why tf john green wearing an afc wimbledon top

  4. Kitty M says:


  5. Tasheirra Sanders says:

    Does anyone know a software that lets you make animations like this? I need it for a project

  6. Guardian of the Golden Stool says:

    Blacks he mentioned in the video that criticize Zora Neale Hurston are all shameful coons that deal with an inferiority complex who are unable to engage the essence of Afro-American folk culture free of an irrelevant eurocentric context. I can’t believe Henry Louis Gates said what he said. He is a joke. Well I shouldn’t be surprise, although I love the information he puts forth in his African Civilizations series, they are not at all perfect, representative of the energy behind his statement against Zora Neale Hurston they are always dry lacking the spark vitality African anthropology and history is renown for. I don’t think the problem is Zora Neale Hurston but more so something he lacks or is not in tune with.

    Oh yeah, by the way Ruby Dee does an awesome narration of the audio version of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Oh my goodness!!!! That woman(Ruby Dee) was a genius. She taps effortlessly into into every character, possessed mind, soul, & body and ALL!!

  7. Giulia Gonçalves says:

    God bless you… you are a procrastination bandaid

  8. Angelica Cardenas says:

    watching this in 2018 and lemme tell you that at 11:23 , that is a thanos glove

  9. Johnathan johnathonson says:

    kinda was distracted by that infinity gauntlet.

  10. Maggie Vaccaro says:

    God I hate this book

  11. Jesse Smoot says:

    I like that tea cake isn't portrayed as a total pure person because then it would feel more like a prince charming saving her then her own perseverance

  12. Cat2768 says:

    I thought she died of a stroke

  13. howtoeataham says:

    This book is so good. So much in such a short book

  14. Instrumentality1000 says:

    This woman was so interesting and impressive but damn it's sad how she died the way she did.

    She really was outstanding.

  15. Johnlocked in the TARDIS says:

    the puff is back!

  16. Victoria :/ says:

    I would love to see an episode about As I Lay Dying. I love that book

  17. Jenna Ostroff says:

    I've always wondered if Janie dies from rabies in the end because after all, she did get bit in the arm as Teacake fell from the gun blast (also not shown in the movie). Also, John Green didn't mention that she was from mixed ancestry. That's a pretty important aspect of the book. She has smooth hair like the white folk, therefor it's considered her best physical quality. She's also treated fairly better than the other blacks due to her "coffee-and-cream" skin. Also, objects in this book that are described as white in color such as Janie's clothes and Joe Stark's house are considered beautiful and magnificent.

  18. Anaya Allen says:

    I'm a junior in high school and my AP English Language Arts class just finished this novel. I believe that this book is written to exemplify feminist love vs. patriarchal love. I think it embodies how women ultimately overcome male dominance and begin to find their voice in relationships. I also think it is vital to highlight the symbols that are brought up throughout the novel. A symbol that I found intriguing was the bees and hints to trees and buds. I think that this is important to evaluate because in essence this novel shows how over time Janie begins to find herself and transition from a woman who is held down by male domination to a woman who is given the experience of true equality within a relationship. She finds that in Teacake. Over all I enjoyed the book and is one of the best novels I have read.

  19. Old Books at Midnight says:

    I read this without context last year and was pretty confused

  20. MaliceInCandyland says:

    Not making choices is still a choice, unless someone is literally unable to make choices (ex. slavery). But Janie easily left her first husband, so she could've left the other two. I don't think readers of the time were ready to accept a novel about such a free-spirited and sexually liberated woman.

  21. Meghan kitzel says:

    Why is he so funny?!? Crush!

  22. SpinMaster says:

    It can be both a rabbes awarement and a female empowerment book stop presenting false dilemmas.

  23. daisyshonae says:

    I chose to read this book my sophomore year for our book club and it was absolutely life changing. Reading it as a young back girl at that time of my life was so important

  24. Michael Skinner says:

    No Rabies. Or biting

  25. Trenton Newman says:

    This book and The Awakening, btw please do The Awakening it’s really good, taught me a lot about the need for representation in media. I’m a white guy who lives in the South and my mother is from Louisiana. We read both The Awakening and Their Eyes in AP Lit The thing is I referred the Awakening even though they have a lot in common in terms of themes. I think the reason boils down to the fact that I am more similar to the characters in The Awakening than in Their Eyes. I think that really shows the significance of representation right there. Just thought that was worth mentioning. Idk maybe no one cared.

  26. Robert Palumbo says:

    what happened to black culture in the 21 st cen …. the rise and fall of great men and women

  27. Alessandro R. says:

    Young Mr Green is my spiritual animal.

  28. Vasil Gucev says:

    she masturbated under the pear tree

  29. Loki D says:

    i dont understand the title of the book 🙁 who's 'they' in their eyes were watching god?

  30. madi miya says:

    i'm literally laughing out loud at the narrator's first words jfl;djfls

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