Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake in Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie had three marriages. “The three marriages and the three communities in which Janie moves represent increasingly wide circles of experience and opportunities for expression of personal choice. Nanny, Janie's grandmother, had in fact been a slave and had borne a child to her master.” (Cathy Falk. Vol.61.). A young lady and her relationships with three guys. Over her life time she experiences love, hurt, and pain in the three relationships. Logan her first husband was way older than her. Jody dies at the end of their relationship. Tea Cake was the love of her life made her feel like she was more than just a house wife until he got bit by a wild dog.
When Zora Hurston wrote this novel, she wanted to explain how a young women search for her own identity. This young woman would go through three relationships that took her to the end of the journey of a secure sense of independence. She wanted to find her own voice while in a relationship, but she also witnessed hate, pain, and love through the journey. When Logan Killicks came she witnessed the hate because he never connected physically or emotionally to her. Jody Starks, to what she assumed, as the ticket to freedom. What she did not know was the relationship came with control and pain. When she finally meets Tea Cake she was in love, but had to choose life over love in the end.
In Their Eyes Were Watching God Logan Killicks was Janie first husband. He would hang around Janie’s house and ask her grandmother for her hand in marriage. Janie would ask "Nanny, who—who dat been askin' you for me?" "Brother Logan Killicks. He's a good man, too." "Naw, Nanny, no ma'am! Is dat whut he been hangin' round here for? He look like some ole skullhead in de gra...

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