In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is a character that posses “that outward existence which conforms, the inward life which questions”. Throughout the novel, she is searching for a “pear tree love”, and her many experiences help her come to understand the true meaning and feelings that it creates. Due to Janie’s lack of exposure to a healthy and passionate relationship, she is never sure how “love” is created. When entering her first relationship with Logan, despite his age, she is left believing that the action of marriage while bring her the feeling of love. This action represents conformity, because despite her disgust with him, the idea of experiencing the “pear tree love” out-shadowed it.
“Love is lak de sea. It’s uh movin’ thing, but still and all, it takes its shape from de shore it meets, and it’s different with every shore,” says Janie in “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (Hurston 191). This novel is about a woman who refuses to live in worry, bitterness, doubt, or preposterous romantic dreams. It is a story of a passionately independent Janie Crawford, and her maturing selfhood through her three marriages. Each husband was compared by the people and each were different in their own ways.
In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie a girl who develops into a woman during her problematic life; with love and the people around her. Illustrates that the struggle through obstacles and conflicts in life, shapes you to be who you are. A conflict that Janie experienced that helped her shape who she is, was when Nanny speaks to Janie about marriage, and how Janie should marry Logan Killicks even though she isn’t interested. Nanny informs Janie begs Nanny “Ah ain’t gointuh do it no mo’, Nanny.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston acknowledges the idea of sexism when she addresses that Janie Starks, the protagonist, never got to fulfill her dreams. Janie’s grandmother, Nanny, wanted the best for her granddaughter so she married her off to a man named Logan Killicks, a man who had a small farm and good wealth “Janie and Logan got married in Nanny’s parlor of a Saturday evening with three cakes and big platters of fried rabbit and chicken,” (Hurston 3). Years has passed within the marriage and Janie never found love for Logan. Logan comparing her to his ex-wife, discriminated Janie’s place of position, “Mah fust wife never bothered me ‘bout choppin’ no wood nohow. She’d grab dat ax and sling chips lak
After the years Janie was married to Logan Killicks she ask herself Does marriage bring love? As a black women who was searching for love she didn 't want to be alone. Some may consider it selfish, but Janie was forced into that marriage and there was no harm of trying to find some-type of love in a marriage where there was never love. According to society the meaning of marriage is that husbands and wives were meant to always loved each other, this thought occur to Janie 's mind and found some hope to find the love in a “dead” marriage. “Ah wants things sweet wid mah marriage lak when you sit under a pear tree and think, Ah…” (pg 41), Janie is chasing to become a pear tree that represents a passionate unity between nature and the world.
Jonah Brickley showed us how the absence of love consumed and destroyed our protagonist. In Zombie Crush, we were shown how the absence of love obliterated the protagonist as she allowed it to weary her awareness. Judy’s aunt and uncle, Marta and Luis, worked two jobs
In marriage, a man should possess certain qualities in order to be a good husband. In a man’s marriage, he must provide both financial, and personal support. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, characters Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake all have some of these qualities in their marriages. Therefore, Janie’s first husband Logan does not provide support for her and has very poor qualities in their marriage. He requires Janie to do unnecessary work on his farm and is not a supportive husband.
Comparative Analysis: Their Eyes Were Watching God The beginning of the twentieth century in the United States was a difficult time full of oppression for most women, They're Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston along with Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour, and Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper all highlight female individualism and liberation from male oppression.
Identity is composed of not only self-perception but also the perception of others. Consequently, relationships are vital in the forming and expressing of one’s identity. Healthy relationships allow for the expression of oneself without fear of consequences, whereas unhealthy relationships put pressure on one to change for one’s partner. Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God explores the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, focusing on how each affects the expression of one’s identity.
That will be the great effect in how the reader perceives the rest of the story a whole, because his relationship will be biased, of course. He uses the word
Again the author is trying to get across that the porter is trying to manipulate the woman into remembering the bond they have created to win her
When the author writes “I saw him say something to her under his breath- some punishing thing, quick and curt, and unkind” By describing the husband’s words to be so abusive, it leads readers to infer that the integrity of this relationship is shaky,
Their eyes are watching God movie represents many different aspects on how some women come out of their comfort shell when a bold, mysterious and confident man such as Teacake come along. Teacake wasso many different things but he wasn’t just an average man. In the movie Teacake represents strength and is very charming. When watching how Teacake carries himself Janie automatically wanted to see what he really had to offer.
He told his wife that he needed to tell her something, that she might want to sit down when he did so. The news he requested Mary listen to was this: he wanted to leave Mary for another woman’s love, he wanted to divorce her. Not being able to believe this statement, Mary retreated into a state of shock, saying she would fetch the meat to cook dinner. She hoped that if she acted as if nothing happened, the information wouldn’t be true, the suddenly serious tone of the night would lift.