But looking at it she saw that it never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams. Just something she had grabbed up to drape her dreams over” (Hurston 72). Janie figures out that Joe is not the man she had married when the “image of Jody tumbled down” she begins to understand that Joe was not at all significant to her because he never cared for her and instead he was a bad influence. Janie figures out that he “never was the flesh and blood figure of her dreams” the life she desires of with Joe Starks, is an allusion and Janie’s dreams are once again crushed. Janie is deceived by Joe because he represents empty dreams for Janie, he was a “drape [for] her dreams” Joe took advantage of Janie and manipulates her to do excessive labour for him in the store and constantly silences her.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston Janie is held back from growing to her full potential. Janie is married three times and in each marriage there is one item that restrains her. In her marriage with Joe she was forced to wear a head rag to cover her hair because it is so long and beautiful. The red rag resembled the restraint Joe put on Janie. Janie disliked the rag, but said nothing because it please Joe.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston uses lots of characterization and figurative language to give the reader an inside on Janie’s feelings and surroundings. In chapter the way the men focus of Janie’s physical features, and women criticize Janie’s hygiene and looks allows the reader to make an image of how Janie looks. The men were “saving with the mind what they lost with the eye,” and the women “took the faded shirt and muddy overalls and laid them away for remembrance,” this also shows how the women were going to keep that image of Janie in their head to hold over her (Hurston 2). Janie has a love for nature, the figurative language and metaphors allows the reader to understand Janie and her connections with nature. Hurston uses the pear tree in the backyard to show how Janie felt free and
In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston explains the journey of Janie, the main character,who struggles to find her independence and a place where she feels comfortable. She undertakes a bold journey to find her own self. She goes through several relationships, thinking they would somehow fulfill her life, but all fail because Janie does not feel content or the relationship leads to the death of a spouse. In the end, Janie uses her desire for power and independence for freedom to reveal that she does not need an unpleasant relationship to fulfill and appreciate her search for her true self. First, Janie struggles with her relationship with her first husband, Logan.
Janie was a strong person inside but conformity hid her from the rest of the world. Hurston describes Janie’s quest to finding love and to recovering herself, though
He teaches her to shoot, hunt, play checkers, and work outside. Instead of telling Janie what to do he gives her options, creating a two way relationship instead of a dominant partner. As well as being a good man, the circumstances change, in the past Janie had no way to support herself and was younger. In comparison to her old relationships, Janie is older and has quite a bit of money to keep herself standing while with Tea Cake. Janie also loves how sweet and caring Tea Cake is.
After Jody dies, Janie spends nine months basking in her newfound freedom. After her experience with freedom, she finds a new man. Tea Cake is a man with a job and a small apartment, but Janie feels a love for him like she has never before experienced. All three marriages sculpt Janie’s horizon and help her to reach it. After Janie’s grandmother sees Janie kissing a local boy named Johnny Taylor, she makes it her duty to find a husband who can provide protection for Janie.
With their relationship, Janie experienced a marriage where she had the right to make her own decisions and express herself. Hurston uses the checkerboard as a symbol to show that marriage is like a game, and like a game, marriage requires both partners to play fair. As Janie’s relationship with Jody progressed through the novel, Jody eventually took more control over Janie’s actions. Although she was the mayor’s wife, Janie’s abilities as an individual were limited due to her role of being a man’s wife. In fact, there were times were Janie “fought back with her tongue… but it didn’t do her any good” as Jody kept on fighting for her “submission” (71).
Then they act and do things accordingly.” This indicates that women continue seeking what they wish for, even if they don’t get it. Their dreams influence what they do, until there is no difference between reality and dream. In Their Eyes were Watching God, Janie wishes to find real love, as noted from her pear tree ideal. The continuation of her dream, after it is met with failure, is directly visible from her relationships. Under her first two relationships, she lived a oppressed life.
Their Eyes Were Watching God, a novel written by Zora Neale, expresses a black womens growth towards independence. Janie Crawford, the protagonist, is in quest of her ideal love but is surrounded by powerful men who take advantage of her youth and beauty. Janie’s first husbands keep her dependent but Tea Cake, through true love, exposes her to independence she seeks and later learns to embrace. Logan and Joe treat Janie as if she is unequal to them and nothing more than an object to be used and observed, therefore secluding her from the independence she deserves. Janie’s first marriage, arranged at the prime of her youth by her nanny, was a forced relationship with a man Janie took no liking too.