Zora Neale Hurston in her work, “Their Eyes Were Watching God” presents a keystone and a milestone in Harlem Renaissance and the literary tenets within the African-Americans. In her outstanding novel, she configures her characters such as Nanny to both depart and reflect from Harlem Renaissance ideas and concepts. In aspect of daily life, including education and marriage she effectively reflects on the thin social restrictions whereby the character exemplifies the precise lifestyle of African American living in the Harlem Renaissance period. Similarly, she departs from the Harlem literary concept and shades more light on other themes such as education and feminism, a total escape from the fetters of previously dominant racial themes.
How do Nanny's hopes for Janie echo the philosophy and beliefs of the Harlem Renaissance?