The Death Of Joe Starks 's Freedom And Growth Into Self Love

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The death of Joe Starks characterizes Janie’s freedom and growth into self-love. Joe Starks’ cruelty and high expectations of Janie kill their marriage before love has anytime to be born, forcing Janie to gain a sense of self-preservation. Before the couple are married for a month, Joe publically degrades Janie at his mayoral commensuration. Joe tells the public Janie is too simple to give a speech, and “[i]t must have been the way Joe spoke out without giving her a chance to say anything one way or another that took the bloom off of things” (Hurston 43). Janie realizes Joe Starks is not the man who will lead her to her horizon. She laments after years of marriage, “[s]he got nothing from Jody except what money could buy…” (Hurston 76). Those years of constant battering “…took all the fight out of Janie’s face… Plenty of fight beneath the surface but it was kept beaten down by the wheels” (Hurston 76). As quickly as Janie wants to reach her horizon, early into her second marriage she realizes the excitement she had for Joe’s “love” was all for naught. Gurleen Grewal goes so far to state, “…the ‘high ruling chair’ Joe Starks sat on is incompatible with flower dust… No less than Killicks, Starks stifled Eros” (Grewal 107-8). Janie’s marriage with Joe taught her to not fight a losing battle. Janie learned there is no point to fighting what you cannot change. Consequently, Janie maintained silence for most of her marriage with Joe, just like he wanted. He had married Janie for a…
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