Their eyes where watching God

Jacqueline Perez

Zora Neale Hurson was a great writter

On May 1, 1925, at a literary awards dinner sponsored by Opportunity magazine, the earthy Harlem newcomer turned heads and raised eyebrows as she claimed four awards

Zora was very charming

Zora Neale Hurston could walk into a roomful of strangers and, a few minutes and a few stories later, leave them so completely charmed that they often found themselves offering to help her in any way they could.

Zora was extremely succesful

Hurston became the most successful and most significant black woman writer of the first half of the 20th century.

Her mother motivated her

Her mother, on the other hand, urged young Zora and her seven siblings to "jump at de sun." Hurston explained, "We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground."

Zora was very beautiful

Hurston would always present herself as at least 10 years younger than she actually was. Apparently, she had the looks to pull it off. Photographs reveal that she was a handsome, big-boned woman with playful yet penetrating eyes, high cheekbones, and a full, graceful mouth that was never without expression.

Although Zora was th elife of the party, Zora was very hardworking

She would sometimes write in her bedroom while the party went on in the living room.

Zora didn't have much money

Hurston never received the financial rewards she deserved. Her neighbors in Fort Pierce, Florida, had to take up a collection for her February 7 funeral. The collection didn't yield enough to pay for a headstone, however, so Hurston was buried in a grave that remained unmarked until 1973.

She inspired people

That summer, a young writer named Alice Walker traveled to Fort Pierce to place a marker on the grave of the author who had so inspired her own work.

Zora had forseen dying penniless

"Let no Negro celebrity, no matter what financial condition they might be in at death, lie in inconspicuous forgetfulness," she'd urged. "We must assume the responsibility of their graves being known and honored."

Walker, inspiered by Zora, got her her headstone

Unable to afford the marker she wanted--a tall, majestic black stone called "Ebony Mist"--Walker chose a plain gray headstone instead. Borrowing from a Jean Toomer poem, she dressed the marker up with a fitting epitaph: "Zora Neale Hurston: A Genius of the South."
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Biographical Critique

I would use Biographical critique because I found so many great things about Zora and I think these influenced and have things to do with the story.