Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God, Gatsby from The Great Gatsby, June from The Joy Luck Club, and Edna from The Awakening

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Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God, Gatsby from The Great Gatsby, June from The Joy Luck Club, and Edna from The Awakening In most of the world's greatest literature, there have been introduced countless courageous characters and triumphant victories. These characters have the power to father strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. Such characters as Janie from Their Eyes Were Watching God, Gatsby from The Great Gatsby, June from The Joy Luck Club, and Edna from The Awakening. Throughout each of these magnificent stories comes an example of bravery and courage. Although in some cases, the characters may not generally be perceived by the public to be courageous at all, they demonstrate extreme strength in…show more content…
She saw the dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold the revelation. Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid." (Eyes 10) Only after feeling other kinds of love does Janie finally gain the love like that between the bee and the blossom. Nanny, Janie's grandmother and primary caregiver in the novel, gives Janie a kind of protective love, as does her first husband. Janie's second husband provided he with a kind of escape from this protective and unsatisfying love of her first husband. Joe, her second husband, is a man of lofty goals and charisma, and Janie feels that this might be the first time in her life that she may find true love. However, Joe is extremely possessive and abusive, treating Janie as a trophy. This is a major hardship for Janie, one that she must bravely endure and overcome. In her search for love and losses she suffers, Janie gains independence. Throughout this quest for independence and love, Janie encounters the harsh judgement of others. One woman, Mrs. Turner, is especially opinionated. " 'And dey makes me tired. Always laughin'! Dey laughs too much and dey laughs too loud. Always singin'

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