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.
Edna wasn’t in love with Leonce, but rather embraced the idea of defying her family. Kate Chopin states, “And to this violent opposition of her father and sister Margaret to her marriage with a Catholic, there is no need to search for the motive which led her to accept Leonce as her husband” (32). Leonce’s commitment to Edna satisfied her mind set. When Leonce “goes to join the calvary officer…” (33). Edna finds herself in the depths of the realization that she is left alone.
While Janie was searching for a true love, she meets a young man named Johnny Taylor and falls in love. Her first encounter with Johnny Taylor was described as “Through pollinated a... ... middle of paper ... ...the legacy of Tea Cake still remained. Throughout the story, Janie learns to live on her own terms, gaining independence that her peers both long for and are afraid of. Janie used her experience to move forward toward one goal: to achieve true love. Her first two failed marriages rob her of innocence, but they were essential steps towards achieving womanhood and independence.
Her final love isn’t intended to appease another person, values respect, and pushes past trials while exemplifying kindness (1 Corinthians 13:4). This outward expression of Janie’s maturity and faith allows her to lessen her dependence on a husband. On the final page of the novel Janie finally finds peace, without a man standing by her side (193). She recognizes that in her first two marriages, abuse, conformity, and pride were rampant and that these characteristics strongly oppose the marriage she viewed in nature. However, Janie finds a love with Tea Cake that “never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance,” which she remembers and refuses to let die (1 Corinthians
Love is different for each and every person. For some, it comes easy and happens early in life. For others, such as Janie Mae Crawford, in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, it happened much later in life. Oddly, after two failed marriages. Janie sought love in several different men and marriages, hoping to find true love; however, she was often left with abuse, hardship, and a broken-heart.
Joe quickly spoke up before Jane could speak by saying, “Thank yuh fuh yo’ compliments, but mah wife don’t know nothin’ ‘bout no speech-makin’. Ah never married her for nothin’ lak dat. She’s uh woman and her place is in de home” (Hurston 43). Janie’s transformation was interrupted with being married to Joe, as she lost the voice that she had gained at the end of her marriage to Logan (Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Janie Crawford Character Analysis). While Janie still has her will power inside, Joe continued to manipulate Janie (Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God: Janie Crawford Character Analysis).
Janie’s grandmother told her exactly who she was going to marry and who she wasn’t even to think about. “Whut Ah seen just now is plenty for me, honey, Ah don’t want no trashy negro, no breath-and-britches, lak Johnny Taylor usin’ yo’ body to wipe his foots on. Brother Logan Killicks, he’s a good man.......You answer me when Ah speak. Don’t you set dere poutin’ wid me after all Ah done went through for you!” She is basically telling Janie that she can’t marry Johnny Taylor, the one she is exploring her womanhood with, the one she wants, and that she must marry Logan, for protection. Towards the end of the book, Janie resents her grandmother for “living” her life for her and planning her future.
Positive Imagery in Their Eyes Were Watching God In Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, the life of Janie is presented as a journey. Janie survives a grandmother, three husbands, and innumerable friends. Throughout this journey, she moves towards her ideals about love and how to live one's life. Hurston chooses to define Janie not by what is wrong in her life, but by what is good in it. Janie undergoes many changes throughout her journey, but the imagery in her life always conjures positive ideas in the mind of the reader.
Nanny provided her with love and protection, but that is not the love she wanted. One day in her early teen years Janie thought she finally had found out what love was with Johnny Taylor, a young boy, but her grandmother told her love was about “stability and money, “and had nothing to do with caring about the other person. On Janie’s journey, she... ... middle of paper ... ...at she had to be strong and much more than a house-wife. Moving on with her life, in the next marriage with Joe she was constantly belittled, but she stayed by his side even after the abuse. Janie had develop faithfulness in this relationship, but still she had not found true love.
Janie's Metamorphosis in Their Eyes Were Watching God "Dey all useter call me Alphabet 'cause so many people had done named me different names," Janie innocently expresses (Hurston 9). The nickname "Alphabet" is appropriate in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God because she is indefinable to others and herself. From her early childhood, Janie Crawford searches for self-knowledge and grows through her relationships with men, family, and society. The main character continually seeks autonomy and self-realization, but her quest cannot continue as long as she is the object of others. Janie must find her own identity to become the subject of her desires and dreams.