Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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The arduous journey of finding a fulfilling love is a long and frustrating road. Writers can represent this crucial struggle in multiple ways, often trying to convey to the reader the difficulty of reaching every person’s ultimate goal: their personal concept of romantic love. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston portrays Janie Mae Crawford’s life story as she lives through racism, sexism, and three husbands. Initially, Janie’s grandmother arranges a marriage for Janie to Logan Killicks, but she leaves Logan for a sophisticated man known as Joe Starks, or Jody. Finally, after Jody’s death, Janie meets Vergible Woods, colloquially known as “Tea Cake,” with whom she is surprisingly happy despite multiple obstacles to…show more content…
Keeps both water buckets full” (22-23). Janie’s grandmother sees through Logan’s kindness immediately, warning Janie, “don’t ‘spect all dat tuh keep up,” (23). These interactions illustrate Nanny’s skepticism and pessimistic attitude, which is a result of her harsh upbringing and tragic life experiences. In contrast, Janie’s youth and exuberance allows her to retain an upbeat outlook and strive towards the ideal romantic love she seeks. To Janie’s dismay, as time passes, Logan’s actions begin to fulfill Nanny’s warnings. Not even a year after their wedding, the narrator reveals the state of their marriage: “Janie noticed that her husband had stopped talking in rhymes to her. He had ceased to wonder at her long black hair and finger it. Six months back he had told her, ‘If Ah kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh tote it inside. Mah fust wife never bothered me ‘bout choppin’ no wood nohow’” (26). Logan’s cruel comparison of Janie to his first wife implies his lack of satisfaction with Janie’s contributions around the household. However, while his expectations clash with Janie’s desires for a romantic loving relationship, she is unable to express her wishes because of her marginalized position in society. Eventually, Logan
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