Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

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“She was stretched on her back beneath the pear tree [...] a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage!” (Hurston 11). In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, the protagonist, Janie Crawford, becomes obsessed with the goal of finding a fulfilling romantic relationship after witnessing the pollination of a pear tree during the aforementioned scene. Throughout the novel, Janie is involved in a series of marriages, and aims to find genuine love within each of them despite her Nanny’s wishes for Janie to remain in a…show more content…
To Janie, success is something she can only achieve in romantic relationships. With that being said, I do acknowledge that as a woman of color during this time period, Janie’s options for success were extremely limited. However, I still believe it is significant to highlight Janie’s inability to achieve full independence on her own.
Janie does not find the love she longs for in her arranged marriage to the farmer, Logan Killicks, and is treated poorly as the relationship progresses. Initially, she clings to the hope that she will eventually love Logan, and confronts her Nanny when she realizes she does not have the feelings she longed for. Although her relationship with Logan does not fit Janie’s idea of romance, her initial complaints about the marriage are a bit shallow—mostly concerned with Logan’s age and appearance. Eventually, Logan’s weak attempts at romance and validation of Janie wear off: “Long before the year was up, 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, ‘[...]You done been spoilt rotten’” (26). At this point in her marriage with Logan, Janie is expected to work alongside him. Logan expresses his frustration at Janie’s inability to pull her own weight in their marriage. Moreover, Logan no longer compliments Janie, and her physical beauty ceases to captivate him in the same way it did before. From
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