Janie Speaks Her Ideas in Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Janie Speaks Her Ideas in Their Eyes Were Watching God

In life to discover our self-identity a person must show others

what one thinks or feels and speak his or her mind. Sometimes their

opinions may be silenced or even ignored. In the novel Their Eyes Were

Watching God, the main character Janie would sometimes speak her ideas and

they would often make a difference. The author, Zora Neale Hurston, gives

Janie many chances to speak and she shows the reader outcomes. When

dealing with all of the different people Jaine faced, she would find a way

to speak her ideas, receive a response, and through this exchange she

developed her sense of self-worth.

When Janie found a way to speak her ideas, they would have an impact

on everyone. Though, Janie did not always speak her ideas. She would

often do something that made an impression on someone. The first real

action Janie took was to leave her husband, Logan Killicks. By doing this,

she has shown the community that a person can not always be happy with

material things when she or he is not in love. Janie says, "Ah want

things sweet wid mah marriage lak when you sit under a pear tree and

think." She shows her grandma that she is not happy with her

Janie's next husband, Joe Starks was very nice to her and gave her

everything she wanted. When it came to Janie wanting to talk or speak her

mind, he would not let her, and that made her feel like she was less of a

person than he. Until one day, towards the end of their long marriage,

when Jody made a very mean comment about Janie's body. She came back with,

"When you pull down yo' britches, you look lak de change uh life." After

these words came out, Jody hit her. These harsh words could never be

forgiven. At the end of their marriage, before Jody died she finally told

him her feelings. "....And now you got tuh die tuh find out dat you got

tuh pacify somebody besides yo'self if you wants any love and any sympathy

in dis world. You ain't tired to pacify nobody but yo'self. Too busy

listening tuh yo'own big voice," said Janie.

Her final and most loved husband was Vergible "Tea Cake" Woods. She

could talk most openly with him. Once, she accused Tea Cake of having a

liking for Nukie. He quickly reassured her that he didn't, and there was

nothing to be worried about. After Tea Cake's death, Janie was too upset

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