Analysis Of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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How can it be argued that a woman who is willing to defy the expectations of society and the comfort of financial stability in order to find her own happiness is not a powerful role model for young readers? In the Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is a powerful role model for young readers because she pursues her own happiness by leaving a horrific marriage, engaging in hobbies that she enjoys, and marrying someone that she is happy with. Throughout Janie’s life there are many obstacles blocking her path to happiness. However, instead of allowing those obstacles to prevent her from becoming happy, Janie works to overcome the obstacles and find her path to happiness. Janie chases what she believes will make her happy, and is willing to ignore societal pressures and outside influences that discourage her pursuit. Janie exhibits extreme determination and refuses to let any obstacle prevent her from finding and doing what makes her happy. Despite the many obstacles in her path, Janie decides to pursue happiness and leaves her first marriage, engages in enjoyable hobbies, and marries the man that she is happy with. Janie pursues her own happiness by leaving a terrible marriage. In Janie’s marriage to Logan, she is miserable and hates living with him. With Logan, Janie lives in a state of constant fear and sadness due to his abusive behavior. Logan abuses Janie verbally and even threatens to physically harm her. After getting in an
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