Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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Thus, their inability to relate to her does not come from hatred but form their upbringing or skepticism. Janie’s story (profoundly economic in emphasis, as Houston Baker has argued) focuses on three representative husbands (Newman, Oct., 2003). Although the focal point of Their Eyes Were Watching God correlates with Janie’s relationship with her three husbands and other people. It is the main and primary idea of Janie’s search for divine clarification and a strong sense of her own identity. Janie is alone as seen in the beginning and the ending of the story. The novel is not a story of Janie’s quest for love but rather than her quest for sense of security and independence. Janie’s improvement has been charted along the way as she studies…show more content…
123) (Newman, Oct., 2003). Her outburst was somewhat malicious towards the dying Jody as she measures the depth of Jody’s dominance of her inner life. When Joe sickens (kidney disease), the rumor immediately runs that Janie is responsible as the community suspects that Joe was poisoned (Newman, Oct., 2003). As Janie begins to find her own voice, she propels through social subtleties in order for her to express herself. On the surface it may appear that Teacake is able to provide Janie with a better place in a more authentic, less money-driven world than Joe Starks, offering her an open, giving form of love and treating her as an equal (Newman, Oct., 2003). Janie embellishes her relationship with Tea Cake, as he “teaches her the maiden language all over.” Having lived under Joe, Janie is cautious when she first meets Tea Cake (Shmoop Editorial Team). It isn't the white man's burden that Janie carries; it is the gift of her own love (p. 297) (Newman, Oct., 2003). Having to begin controlling her speech, Janie reaches a new degree as she learns how to be silent when she chooses. This idea of silence shows her strength rather than her passivity had come ahead during Janie’s trial can be based on the interpretations of the narrator over her testimony. For most of Tea Cake’s downfall, Janie is merely a passive spectator (Shmoop Editorial Team). Though she knows she can do little to save Tea Cake, she still tries with her whole heart. Up to this point, the dialogue here has
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