In Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their eyes were watching God the main character Janie is on a quest for self-fulfillment. Of Janie’s three marriages, Logan and Joe provide her with a sense of security and status. However, only her union with Teacake flourishes into true love. Janie’s first marriage to Logan Killicks was an arranged marriage by her Grandmother Nanny. One day Nanny caught Janie kissing the neighborhood riff raff Johnny Taylor, and Nanny becomes convinced that Janie has entered her womanhood, and needs to marry.
At age eight, she announced that she wanted to be a poet; her mother was proud of her, but her father loathed her even more because of it. In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston shows Janie’s struggle for self-realization through love by all of Janie’s conquests. From her search of love from: the pear tree, Nanny, Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake, Janie finds herself. The symbol of the pear tree relates to Janie’s coming of age, and makes Janie want to find marriage and to see the world. Nanny was dissolving this image by making her marry Logan Killicks.
While thinking about her marriage to Logan Killicks, Janie thinks “finally out of Nanny’s talk and her own conjectures she made a sort of comfort for herself. Yes, she would love Logan after they were married” (Hurston 23). Janie allows her grandmother to place into a marriage with a man that she has to learn to love after the fact. The conflict within Janie’s mind forces Janie into marriages which are destructive but also give Janie the opportunity to learn from her mistakes. Janie learns and grows throughout her three
As she sees the flourishing, immeasurable love flowing between the beautiful blooms of the pear tree and the visiting bumble bee, she falls in love with the idea of what love should be. She believes in a true, ideal love where both members are so indulged and truly in love that there is no question of its existence. With this very dream in the back of her mind and on the horizon in the distance, Janie makes an effort to deny the dying wish of her Nanny, which is to see Janie in the protective arms of Logan Killicks... ... middle of paper ... ...he most. She knows that “he could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking”(193). He lived on through her love, her appreciation, and her being.
Janie then saw it as 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” (Hurston, 11). Then Janie felt a pain remorseless sweet that left her limp and languid. Under the pear tree, Janie learns what the love and marriage is. Janie dreams of a true love that would fulfill both her and the “shore”. While Janie was searching for a true love, she meets a young man named Johnny Taylor and falls in love.
So, she left him for Joe Starks who promised to treat her the way a lady should be treated, but he also made her the way he thought a lady should be. After Joe died she found Tea Cake, a romantic man who loved Janie the way she was, and worked hard to provide for her. Though Janie had three marriages in total, each one drew her in for a different reason. She was married off to Logan Killicks by her Grandmother who wanted her to have protection and security. “Tain’t Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have baby, its protection.” (Hurston 15) says Janie’s grandmother when Janie said she did not want to marry Logan.
Edna is expected to please her husband, care for her children, and not anything more. Subsequently, she stumbles upon an awakening with the help of a young man named Robert Lebrun. The awakening assists her in a search for her secret persona. This inquisitive woman begins to explore new opportunities and finds a light to guide her to the ... ... middle of paper ... ... that Chopin created Edna to reflect her own feelings of life. Edna Pontellier separates from her submissive life to pursue freedom, independence, and love with another man.
The reader notices Janie struggle in finding herself and over time Janie begins to develop her own ideas and ideals. In Their Eyes Were Watching God each character has their own beliefs towards marriage which in turn develops a viewpoint of how marriage should be and what it shouldn’t be. “Their Eyes Were Watching God” (Hurston) explores this marriage issue by showing Janie’s failing love endeavors, showing her real true love, and the after-effects of losing someone dear. First, Janie’s failing love endeavors with her first two husbands. The first ideas about love that Janie was exposed to was those of her grandmother, Nanny.
With this phase in Janie's life Nanny's first strong hold on Janie's neck flexed its grip. Preoccupation with romantic love took the backseat to Nanny's stern view on settling down with someone with financial stability. Hence, Janie's identity went through its first of many transformations. She fought within her self, torn between her adolescent sanction and Nanny's harsh limitations, but final gave way and became a cast of Nanny's reformation. For a short time Janie shared her life with her betrothed husband Logan Killicks.
In Zora Hurston, Their eyes were watching God, we see a major theme of love and dreams. Janie has an image of true love, and she strives to attain it. In the story Janie’s ideal future is often presented as romantic, idealistic and symbolic to her naive childhood. During the whole story the main Character Janie, has been Investigating love her whole life and she had dreams that she’s always wanted to chase but her grandmother’s teachings set her back. When she finally finds love with a man named tea-cake it changes her life and makes her see life in a new way.