Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” At the age of sixteen, Janie sat under the pear tree and discovers what marriage is- well at least she thought she did. Once married to her first husband, Logan, she realized that marriage does not necessarily entail love. After actually being married, it’s something different. “He could be a bee to a blossom-a pear tree blossom in the spring.” When the thought of Janie’s lover comes into her head, she always thinks of the pear tree no matter where she is. In this situation she is speaking of her third husband, Tea Cake.
This opening shows the contrast of Janie vs. traditional women’s roles in her venture to achieve her dreams. Instead of just allowing her dreams to stay on the horizon, Janie is shown going after what she wants. It is seen from the very beginning when immediately after her moment of realization with her budding sexuality under the pear tree in chapter 2, she goes and kisses Johnny Taylor. Janie know what makes her feel good and she goes for it instead of staying with the limited and inactive traditional lifestyle. Jane showcases this characteristic later in the novel when Janie is prepared to leave with Joe and start a new marriage but also is prepared to leave alone and go on the journey to the horizons has been searching for since her youth.
This quote shows how Janie regained herself after that horrible relationship. Before she wanted to be free and to do things she wanted to do but she couldn’t because Jodie wouldn 't let her. This quote connects to the thesis and topic
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.
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are lizabeth from the story “Marigolds” has a mental problem and it takes it out on the Marigolds. Nikan mom wants her to become something shes not. Lizabeth from the story “Marigold” and Nikan from the “Two Kinds” highlight that an epiphany can be life changing resulting in their maturation. In the two short stories “ Marigolds” and “Two Kinds” the main characters had a epiphany that made them change. “I looked back upon it, I know that moment marked the end of innocence”.
An Epic on Jaine’s Silence And her Expolaration of INNER-SELF Introduction In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston a young lady named Janie starts her life obscure to herself. She searches for the horizon as it illustrates the distance one must travel in order to distinguish between illusion and reality, dream and truth, role and self (Hemenway 75). She is unconscious of life’s two most valuable endowments: adore and reality. Janie is raised by her suppressive grandma who reduces her perspective of life. Janie’s mission for genuine character rises up out of her ways in life and ultimately closes when her psyche is liberated from mixed up reality.
Hurston uses the pear tree to symbolize Janie’s youth and her want for love. On page 11 of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston writes, “Oh to be a pear tree—any tree in bloom! With kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world! She was sixteen. She had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with life but it seemed to elude her.” This quote represents how Janie sees herself; she sees herself as a young tree in bloom.
Hosseini illustrates this innate ability to preserve through characters like Mariam, “The years had not been kind to Mariam. But perhaps, she thought, there would be kinder years to come. A new life, a life in which she would find the blessings that Nana [her mother] had said a harami like her would never see” (Hosseini 256). Mariam has not only endured emotional torment, but the suicide of her mother, the rejection her father, abuse from her husband, miscarriages, and a war that has rained havoc on her homeland for decades. Yet, Mariam prevails to achieve the hopes she had since childhood.
Connie's mother looked at her daughter with disgust as she talked down to her about her looks. This was because Connie could not live up to what her sister was. Connie’s family just wants her to be like her sister so much so that Connie was always compared to June; “June did this, June did that” (324). When Connie’s family leaves, she “sat with her eyes closed in the sun, dreaming and dazed with the warmth about her as if this were a kind of love, the caresses of love” in this way she feels as her family leaves her she dreams of what it would feel like to be loved (326). Connie feels this way because she has yet to feel love in such this way leaving her vulnerable.
Janie Crawford Killiks Starks Woods is the main character in the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, where she learns what's it's like to go from marriage to marriage looking for love. In the novel, Hurston utilizes the pivotal moment when Janie realizes that marriage doesn’t always mean love to show Janie's coming of age and psychological development which is used to show that love doesn't always come first. Logan Killicks was Janie's first marriage, which was brought about after Nanny (her grandmother) decided that she need to be married after she caught Janie and a young boy kissing when she was 16. After that Janie finds herself being thrown into some random marriage with some man she barely knew, and for a reason