Janie's Journey To Love Essay

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Brenna Strickland
Miss Sibbach
AP English III
12 December, 2014
The Journey of Love In Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie’s relationships unceasingly alters her wavering perception of love. Since birth she had traveled on a journey to find true happiness which included love. Through her three opposing marriages, her grandmother and a strong friendship she eventually succeeded in defining love. Throughout the novel Janie molds her opinion on love based upon her experiences in life. Logan Killicks established Janie’s first revision of love. Nanny forced Janie to marry Logan even though Janie did not wish to marry him. Janie had no previous knowledge of love and she presumed that marrying Logan would create a union of love between them. “…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” (Hurston 23). After some time with Logan she realized that marriage does not inevitably create love or happiness. Janie’s understanding of love remained indistinct throughout her time with Logan due to their failure to communicate. “She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman” (Hurston 25). Janie’s
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When Janie returned home after her journey with Tea Cake, Pheoby welcomed her home with open arms and a plate of much needed food. Pheoby generously took Janie some dinner and just listened to her story as she always very willingly did. “Ah done growed ten feet higher from jus’ listenin’ tuh you, Janie. Ah ain’t satisfied wid mahself no mo’. Ah means tuh make Sam take me fishin’ wid him after this. Nobody better not criticize yuh in mah hearin” (Hurston 192). Pheoby loved listening to Janie’s stories because she actually cared to hear about Janie’s journey. Instead of criticizing, manipulating, or changing Janie, Pheoby simply loved her unconditionally and
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