Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Husrton

1303 Words6 Pages
Throughout a person’s lifetime, he or she is likely to encounter a death that will have a profound effect on the way they look at themselves and the world around them. This is true for Janie Crawford, the main character of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. The book takes place in the early 1900s and follows the life of a young black woman named Janie; her story is told in the form of a flashback as she describes her life to her friend Pheoby. Her tale begins when she is a teenager, illustrating her life with her grandmother and three different men up until her return to Eatonville. It follows her quest to find true love, and shows her grow stronger despite the judgment she faces. During Janie’s life, she loses…show more content…
She hated the old woman who had twisted her so in the name of love” (Hurston 89). At this moment, Janie realizes her grandmother had been holding her back. By forcing Janie to marry Logan, Nanny had crushed Janie’s dreams of love and adventure, and restricted Janie from becoming who she wanted to be. Nanny and Janie have very different definitions of freedom, Nanny’s being twisted because of the circumstances of her childhood. Since Nanny grew up in slavery, she considers freedom to be having the opportunity to own property and to have a stable income. In contrast, Janie grew up privileged, living in the white people’s backyard, and defines freedom as the ability to do what you want. They differ because Nanny values things while Janie values experiences and interactions with people. Nanny’s death is positive because it gives Janie the ability to leave Logan without facing judgment for it. Janie now has the chance to widen her horizons as she had desired to since she was a teenager under the pear tree. Another way death made Janie more able to widen her horizons was after Jody died, she had the opportunity to leave with Tea Cake. Following Jody’s death, Janie preferred being alone and ignored most of the men who hit on her, but Tea Cake was

More about Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Husrton

Get Access