Their Eyes Were Watching God

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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie Mae Crawford, the Protagonist, is involved in three diverse relationships. Zora Neale Hurston, the author, explains how Janie grows into young woman through marriage, integrity, and love and happiness from her relationships with Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake. Janie saw her life like a leaf in prodigious tree with things suffered, things enjoyed, and things done and undone. When Janie was a teenager, she used to contemplate under the pear tree and vision about being a tree in bloom. When she desires for a touch more at the age of 16, she encounters her first kiss with Johnny Taylor. Her nanny oversees Janie kiss him, and states that Janie is now a woman. Her Nanny then marries Janie off to Logan Killicks. Her Nanny always directed Janie in the right path through her eyes because of her past and Janie’s mothers’ past. When Nanny’s slave owner’s realized that Janie’s mother was her husband’s child, Nanny then left to avoid being whipped and to avoid her child being taken away. Within Janie first relationship with Killicks, she learns about marriage. Janie’s Nanny then explains in a colloquial language, “Tain’t Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have, baby, its protection. Ah ain’t gittin’ ole, honey, Ah’m done ole. Nanny expresses to Janie that she is old now and her time is almost up. She wants to marry Janie off so that she knows Janie will be taken care of. Nanny does not want Janie endure everything her and Leafy, Janie’s

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