Zora Neale Hurston's Development of Relationship Themes in Their Eyes Are Watching God

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Zora Neale Hurston’s theme is relationships because throughout the novel, Their Eyes Are Watching God, Janie goes through poor relationships until she finds her true love and Hurston's literary and stylistic elements in her writing helps develop this theme.
In the beginning, a young Janie dreams to have a marriage like the bees and the blossoms, “She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight”(11). She hopes to find a man that complements and completes her. She wants to experiences the ups and downs in life.
Her first relationship is with Logan, an old man she reluctantly married because of her grandma’s last wishes. Even though he pampers her and showers her praises, she lives a sad and lonely life. She doesn’t love him, even though she tries, “...You told me Ah mus gointer love him, and, and Ah don’t. Maybe if somebody was to tell me how, Ah could do it”(23). So, the first chance she gets, she runs off with Jody, the second man she marries. This shows that Janie’s and Logan’s relationship was not what she wanted.
With Joe Starks, Janie hopes for a better life and relationship, and at first she was happy. New things begin to happen. Change. But soon Jody gets elected as mayor and settles down in the town. Eventually, the relationship starts fraying at the edges, and one day, Janie

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