Not All Dreams Come True in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

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At one point in every persons life, they have a dream. However, not all hopes and dreams come true. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the protagonist, Janie Crawford, experiences the deaths of some of her dreams, but she also experiences the success of one. The deaths of these dreams change her opinion of men and caused her to become unsure of love.
“Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide...Then they act and do things accordingly” (Hurston 1). Men have different views on dreams than women do. Women typically live their dreams while men realize the difference between reality and the illusion of their dreams. This pertains to Janie because her entire life was
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Then she went inside there to see what it was. It was her image of Jody tumbled down and shattered” (67-68). With time, he changed. He became violent and started to beat Janie. The fact that he wasn’t the same person that she thought he was after all this time broke her. She couldn’t trust him any longer. Janie thought she knew who he was, but his actions proved otherwise. Once Joe had died, she became a new person. “She tore off her kerchief from her head and let down her plentiful hair. The weight, the length, the glory was there”(83). She finally became who she wanted to be and didn’t feel like she had to act a certain way for someone. It was almost as if she had removed a mask that she was wearing throughout her entire marriage with Jody. Janie was finally herself. She was finally free. When she meets Tea Cake, she is no longer mourning over the death of her husband. “Her next thought brought her crashing down. He’s just saying anything for the time being, feeling he’s got me so I’ll b’lieve him…”(100). Although she is happy, she seems to be wary of Tea Cake after what she went through with Jody. The way that she was treated messed with her mind and her opinions when it came to men. Could she trust them or not? She overcomes her trust issues and falls in love with Tea Cake over time. “Janie buried Tea Cake in Palm Beach…Janie had wired to Orlando for money to put him away. Tea Cake was the son of Evening Sun, and nothing was
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