Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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From a young age, many people are told that they have free will to do what they want and that their actions are what define them as a person; however, what people are told isn’t always the complete truth. In the realms of reality, individuals are always influenced by the people they spend the most time around to such an extent that it can change who they are as a person. Zora Neale Hurston 's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, epitomizes such truth through the development of Janie, a women who grows from not knowing her own race or what love even means to someone that has gained and lost countless relationships with people. Initially, she marries a wealthy man named Logan Killicks for financial security, but then runs away with a man named Joe who becomes the mayor of a small town the couple settles in, and finally gets into a relationship with Tea Cake, a man who gives her more freedom after Joe’s death. From being mentally and physically controlled by Joe and being forced to make tough decisions in her relationship with Tea Cake, Janie is molded into a resilient, bold women who can speak upon her free will and make challenging life decisions. This demonstrates Hurston 's larger message that experience and loss is the only way to reach a platform of self-discovery in any individual. Janie reveals signs of becoming a stronger women because of her relationship with Joe, transforming from being subservient to being able to voice her thoughts and opinions. When Janie leaves
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