Janie Personal Outline

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a. Janie compares to love as a budding tree. Her love struggles throughout the book.

b. Janie's "tree" gets cut down and strangled and destroyed throughout the book in several different events until the day someone walks in and takes the time to repair it.

c. THESIS STATEMENT: Janie experiences love in harsh words and beaten down sprit. Never in her marriages has she experienced the unconditional love she desperately craves, until Tea Cake walks in and shows her true love.


a. The marriage to Logan began sweet but ended with bitterness. He began to treat Janie as extra work in the field not as a wife. He bought a mule for her and made her do parts of his work for him. Although his fears …show more content…

Logan differs from the others because Logan was quite a bit older than her and he wasn't chosen by Janie. Logan's similarities to the others come with the land and money he had. Janie learns that she didn't need to be treated the way Logan treated her.

d. "Long before the year was up, Janie noticed that her husband had stopped speaking in rhymes to her. He had ceased to wonder at her long black hair and finger it "(Hurston 26).


a. The marriage with Joe best her down. It started with what she thought was true love and ended in his death. Joe forced her to tie her hair up in rags so the attention would be on him, not her. He became very impatient and crushed her on his way to the top.

b. Logan came and sweet talked her. He made her feel like she could be young again.

c. Joe differs from the others because of his dexter inaction to be powerful no matter what. Logan's similarities to the others come with his sweet talk in the beginning, his ambitions, land, and money. Janie learned how to keep her mouth shut during the marriage to Joe.

d. "' Tank yuh fuh yo' compliments, but mah wife don't know nothin' 'bout no speech- makin'. Ah never married her for nothin' lack

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