Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God displayed a forever long journey of Janie Crawford. Set in the 1930’s Janie was expected to marry and have children. However, Janie’s idea of marriage was a bit different than her concerned Nanny’s. Nanny did not want her granddaughter, Janie, to be a house maid as she was. So when a prosperous suitor made his feelings for Janie apparent, Nanny arranged for Janie and Logan Killicks to be Wed.
Foster. The knight or the quester of the novel is Janie, an half African American woman who wishes to find her soulmate or Holy Grail. However, unlike most novels, Janie has multiple places she must go and multiple evil knights she must surmount in order to find her soulmate or the stated reason. In the beginning of the novel, Janie is forced to marry a wealthy man named Logan Killicks, the first evil knight, to satisfy her grandmother, Nanny’s wish. Although, Janie initially married Logan only to grant Nanny’s wish, Janie believed that she can truly love Logan one day because “Husband and wives always loved each other” (Hurston 21).
He requires Janie to do unnecessary work on his farm and is not a supportive husband. Furthermore, in her next marriage, she is overshadowed by Joe Starks, a selfish entrepreneur that provides her with financial support, but does not support her needs and desires. Nevertheless, Janie obtains a third husband, Tea Cake, who has exceptional qualities that a man should acquire during his marriage. He provides Janie with financial backbone, and her personal needs and desires. Although Logan and Joe have some of these qualities, Tea Cake is the only husband who fulfills Janie’s desires.
With these things being said, the best husband for Janie would have to be Tea Cake. He has made a few mistakes, yes, but does the best he can to keep Janie happy and in love. It is depressing that Janie had to shoot him at the end of the novel, but at least she realizes that she was finally able to live the life she wanted for herself rather than the life her grandmother wanted for
His name is Tea Cake and he loves to gamble and go to parties. This is because Tea Cake does not care about the money all he wants is to make life as pleasurable as possible, for both Janie and himself. In comparison, Logan’s ambition in life is to earn money and live a boring and safe life. Tea Cake is immature compared to Logan and that is because not only do their personalities clash, but they have differentiating goals and, thus, must act in contrasting ways. This shows that aspirations are a factor of maturity, not age.
She had “a consciousness of self and a confidence in reason” that she acquired from her social class’s emphasis on individual rights and opportunities in the eighteenth century (134). Eliza was one of many women who had the confidence to stand up to people trying to tell her what to do. She took charge of her father’s plantation and even chose her own husband and chose when she wanted to get married. During Eliza’s generation “social class shattered the unity of gender in colonial American society” (164). Like Eliza, Grace also grew up in families where they had to fend for themselves.
However, it takes Janie three marriages to finally experience true love. With each marriage, Janie grows more self-aware and realizes what her true desires are. She wants to be with a man who makes her happy, but also treats her with the respect and dignity she deserves. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie’s independence grows as she yearns for true love through her three marriages. Janie’s willingness to do what others ask, leads to her being pressured into marriage at sixteen years old by her grandmother.
Her second husband is Joe Starks and he is a successful businessman. Her third husband is Tea Cake and he is loving. Even though Logan Killicks has land and Joe Starks has money, they can not satisfy Janie like Tea Cake can because he is a good husband unlike them. Even though Logan Killicks has land, he is not a good husband for Janie. Logan is Janie’s first husband but she did not want to marry him.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie suffers from hardship in two relationships before she can find her true love. Janie explains to her best friend, Pheoby, how she searches for love. Therefore Pheoby wants to hear the true story, rather than listening to the porch sitters. Throughout the book Janie experiences different types of love with three different men; Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Vergible "Tea Cake" Woods. At 16 Janie marries Logan Killicks.
She is using evidence that Tea Cake is playing around with Nunkie, and worries Tea Cake might choose Nunkie over her. She shows fear, however remains calm in her feelings. When confronting Tea Cake, contrary to her initial feelings of jealousy, she angrily claims, “Ah b’lieve you been messin’ round her!” (137). This “low” dialogue of her lashing out shows, when Janie expresses bottled up feelings, instead of basing her accusation on the reasoning she establishes, she expresses frustration while talking to Tea Cake. Had she not let her emotions get the better of her, they could have been peacefully discussing her concerns.
The movie also leaves out the racism of Mrs. Turner, who praises Janie 's Caucasian feature and despices Tea Cake 's dark skin. I acknowledge that movies don 't always include everything from the book it is based on but I really feel that some scenes should have been included. For example, Janie’s family history isn 't really involved in the film. Also, if you were to just watch the movie you wouldn 't understand why Nanny forces Janie to marry
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.