Their Eyes Were Watching God Character Analysis

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In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston's novel is a story of one woman’s growth as a person to establish her voice and as a result, shape her own identity. As the novel’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, she desperately tries to find unconditional, true, and fulfilling love. Janie experiences different love with the affairs of the lovers she has had and ultimately grows as a person. Janie searches for the love that she has always desired, the marriage between a bee and a blossom on the pear tree that stood in Nanny's backyard. Janie shares her love with each of her husband's: Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake Woods.
From Janie first relationship with Logan Killicks, she only learns a portion of the meaning of marriage. As for many people who end up in their first relationship we don't know what to expect as for Janie she did not know the meaning of love and how it felt. Janie was only 16 years old at the time and is forced to marry logan due to nanny, Janie's grandmother. One day Janie visits her grandmother and says, “Cause you told me Ah mus gointer love him, and, and Ah don't. Maybe of somebody was to tell me how, Ah could do it”(Hurston 23). Janie did not develop the true love until she had met her third husband Tea Cake(Sparknotes). Janie’s and Logan's relationship was more of a financial security rather than love. For a year that Janie and logan were married she was used in the relationship she did not want to be part of. Janie believed
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