Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

2039 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 9 Pages
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 their relationship. The differences in the personalities and behaviors of Janie’s three husbands shape Janie’s concept of romantic love as she ages, while the similarities between the men convey the pressure that modern society places upon Janie to settle and gain wealth. Janie’s first marriage, to Logan Killicks, illustrates the perils of marrying for wealth and societal motivations as opposed to romantic love. As a black man with a stable farm and sixty acres of land, Logan is a symbol of stability to Janie’s grandmother. Janie initially does not want to marry Logan, for she does not love him and questions whether love will grow after marriage, but her grandmother convinces her to go through with the arrangement. Logan treats Janie very…
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