“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the Watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time. That is the life of men. Now, women forget all those things they don’t want to remember, and remember everything they don’t want to forget. The dream is the truth. Then they act and do things accordingly.”
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel. New York: Perennial Library, 1990. Print.
From the very beginning the novel sets off by introducing its main theme, that men and women are dependent on one another. It also introduces the idea that women can make their dreams reality while men cannot do this. The protagonist of the novel is a woman and the novel could be classified as a feminist book.