Their Eyes Were Watching God Critical Lens

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Critical Lens Essay

According to Bernadette Devlin, “To gain which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.” In simpler terms,if one wants to acheive something that means a lot to them, they might just have to lose everything else they have. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, this quote rings true. Hurston shows that by using symbolism and a bit of irony throughout the story. As a young woman, Janie wanted love, true love. In the beginning of the novel and Janie 's journey, she is under a blossoming pear tree where she spends most of her days. She is watching the bees fly to the blossoms, when she has an epiphany. “So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold a revelation. Then
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We been tuhgether round two years. If you kin see de light at daybreak, you don’t keer if you die at dusk. It’s so many people never seen de light at all. Ah wuz fumblin’ round and God opened de door (159).” This shows, Janie does not regret giving up her easy life in Eatonville to face obstacles and hardships with the one she truly loves. She also believes that Tea Cake was heaven sent. In fact, the hurricane symbolizes obstacle, so essentially it was a test it was a test on the strength of Janie and Tea Cake’s love. Unfortunately, they couldn’t stay in the house for long so they took to hiking to Palm Beach for safety. During their progression to Palm Beach, Tea Cake gets attacked by a vicious dog while trying to save Janie. They get to Palm Beach, but don’t stay long and end up going back the Everglades. When they get home Tea Cake becomes sick, and when they go to the doctor it turns out that Tea Cake has a serious case of rabies. The disease is making him delirious and irrational. He even tries to kill Janie, but Janie kills him first. “It was the meanest moment of eternity. A minute before she was just a scared human being fighting for its life. Now she was her sacrificing self with Tea Cakes head in her lap. She had wanted him to life so much and he was dead (184).” Here Janie has experienced her greatest loss. The one that given her that feeling of love, the one

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