Their Eyes Were Watching God Marriage Analysis

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The classic twentieth century novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Zora Neale Hurston follows the life of Janie Crawford, who is the central character in the novel. Janie Crawford’s life revolves around her multiple experiences with the men in her three different marriages, and among these relationships, Janie does not act according to the standard stereotypes of women, but instead acts like many women of the 1920’s and 1930’s by stepping outside of what is expected of her and shaking off the dependency that her husbands attempted to create for her. Janie experiences distinct marriages with each of her three husbands, but she has the same end in mind when she enters each of her marriages. Nanny forces Janie to marry a significantly older man, by the name of Logan Killicks, at the young age of sixteen in hopes that Janie will have a stable life, regardless of Janie’s ability of love her arranged husband. Janie is deceived into her second marriage with sweet talk and temporary emotion by a man with the name Joe Starks. Janie and Joe remain married for over 20 years, until Joe passes away from liver failure. The final marriage that is mentioned in the novel is between Janie and Vergible Woods also known as Tea Cake. Janie and Tea Cake experience the typically marriage filled with love and laughter until Tea Cake dies in a tragedy. Janie’s actions and responses to her husbands in her marriages is representative of gender roles in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Janie’s first
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