Their Eyes Were Watching God: Crash Course Literature 301

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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Rebecca Lia says:

oh my his beard…. gave me a shock when i thought they changed the teacher!

Alessandro R. says:

Young Mr Green is my spiritual animal.

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.

MrLoomis42 says:

My least favorite novel from school.

Emily Garside says:

please do a video on the secret history by donna tartt, i’d love to see your point of view

marie rodriguez says:

The island under the sea by Isabel Allende

Rafiel Rosario says:

You should always investigate the author’s life.

Laura Sturley says:

Yaaaaas so happy this exists! John Green is awesome!

Bob Crachet says:

What I think is so grate is that she never gets what she wants it’s the point she tricks her self into thinking that she has found happiness when in reality she has not , at the start she mocks men’s lack of moving to there dreams but she is mocking Jamie and her gender for needing to try to achieve the goals even if they never will. The story shows us the fatality of all human effort

Sebastian Arena says:

Ok so, the idea of empowering the reading by pointing out we as we read give the book meaning reminds me of when I study communication theory, and the debates against the communication model of Pierce by Humberto Eco. He empowered the receptor to give him the power to give the communication meaning as much as the emmiter did.

Felix Dawson says:

Can you do Art History? The Renaissance, Bauhaus, post-modernism, etc., etc..

Robert Palumbo says:

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

Mutatio Aeternum says:

So, where does the title come from?

King's Queen says:

Zora’s mind was before her time…

Andrea Call says:

I hated Janie. I can’t believe anyone ever considered this a feminist story. Yes, Janie is completely and utterly passive, and yes, the “good” husband was still blatantly abusive. The book treated Janie as nothing more than a walking sex object for men to do with as they pleased.

Sam Thomas says:

Eaton Georgia.. dumbass​!

fabian gonzalez says:

We just finish this book in my English 3 class.

bubblesgagaxoxo says:

Hurrah for sexy pear trees!

Jacob Clark says:

Truly a genius of the South.

Steven Hudson says:

It is a movie

McKaila Danajka says:

Hi Crash Course I love your videos and I am doing an analysis of how Hurston’s life influenced the idea of realtionships.  Do you happen to have the resources that you used for this video?

Xavius Broussard says:

Why does me from the past have a beard

Vasil Gucev says:

she masturbated under the pear tree

Heidi Origer says:

This book brought me to tears when I finished it. I found a deep connection and meaning to the story and the symbolism involved. I think Janie also represents the constant dichotomy and pull she suffered as a black woman who never fully belonged to any “world” in her communities and the phallic symbols, such as the long braid she always wore, showed her strength of mind and resistance even if her journey was messy, flawed, and not without pain. I think anyone who feels like an outsider, stuck in-between worlds would understand to some degree what the main character is feeling/talking about. Feminism itself is not black and white, and no one person is without mistakes or contradictions. I think that makes this book even more human and brilliant imo.

dovejpg says:

this was so compelling to watch, gotta go buy that book now :oo

Phoebe Wu says:

Can anybody tell me the meaning of the novel’s name?

andi says:

i sooo wish this had 2 parts, this book packs so much material into 193 pages

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