Her first marriage leads her into her second marriage with Jody Starks; a man who seems to respect Janie at first but in reality does not. Her relationship with Jody is “mocked to death by time,” and leads her to her last relationship with Tea Cake Woods. By the end of the novel Janie has reached the line of equality with Tea Cake. Her relationships represent her journey to the horizon with the idea of love never... ... middle of paper ... ... relationships, although different from each other, were based on status and protection. Janie chose Jody to fill in the feelings that were unsatisfied by Logan.
He was ugly and lazy and didn’t even give a thought to Janie’s feelings. He forced her to do extra work and never treated her like the woman she was. When after hours of housework, and Logan asked her to chop wood for him one day, Janie finally felt that she needed to protest, saying "... ... middle of paper ... ...e is saying that you have to experience love to understand it, and that it would have done her no good to try to express verbally what she felt for Tea Cake. At the end of the novel, Janie walked away from the trial with both her voice that had been with her throughout her whole life, the emotional strength that she had gained through her love with Tea Cake (and which had continued even after his death), and something that she had not known before: experience. (Experience with death, love, marriage, and life in general.)
Nanny continually emphasized that love was something that was bound to happen after those needs were met; even though Nanny never married. Janie formulates her ideal of love while sitting under a pear tree as a teenager; one that fulfilled her intellectually, emotionally, spiritually and physically. She was then informed that she was to have an arranged marriage to an older man, Logan Killicks, who offered the very security and protection Nanny emphasized. After the marriage failed, looking for change, Janie ran off and married an ambitious, rich and unromantic man named Joe Sparks. Her marriage to Joe quickly became monotonous, and soon enough, Joe died of kidney failure.
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.
In the end, Janie found herself being defined by other people, so to say Logan, Joe, and Tea Cake. During her marriage to Logan, Janie is viewed as a spoiled and non-hard working girl that needs to learn what it means to make a living. In her marriage to Joe, Janie is only needed for her outward appearance for him to define as his possession; never did he consult her about what she wanted. In both of these relationships she was forced to be something that she was not. Once Tea Cake came along everything had changed; going from following another man’s orders to being able to live a fun-loving life.
Jamie starts meeting a man named Joe Starks who she is an essential alteration in her loveless marriage. “ Every day after that they managed to meet in the scrub oaks across the road and talk about when he would be a big ruler of things with her reaping the benefits. Janie pulled back a long time because he did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for far horizon” ( pg. 29). I Janie’s eyes Joe could be her horizon that she is searching for.
Zora Neale Hurston opens Their Eyes Were Watching God with an eloquent metaphor regarding dreams: “Ships at a distance have every man’s wish on board. For some they come in with the tide. For others, they sail forever on the horizon, never out of sight, never landing until the watcher turns his eyes away in resignation, his dreams mocked to death by Time (Hurston 1).” Hurston describes here how some dreams are achieved with time while others lurk out of reach until the dreamer gives up. Janie Crawford, protagonist of Their Eyes Were Watching God, encounters numerous ambitions throughout her life, mainly concerning a desire to somehow achieve something in life, and to not just go through the motions. While Janie’s dreams and my own do not exactly correspond, we both aspire to discover a greater passion in life and find a voice that will enable us to make a difference.
The wedding day arrives but the groom does not. Petruchio is very late and th... ... middle of paper ... ...r need. Loyalty was all Petruchio had wanted from the beginning but he had gained so much more. During Kate's taming she strived to make peace with Petruchio so that they might live together side by side without argument. She merely wanted him to care for her and treat her like a wife.
“She even ridiculed him in her mind and was a little ashamed of the association. But every hour or two the battle had to be fought all over again. She couldn’t make him look just like any other man to her” (Hurston 106). Janie was cautious as she wanted to make sure Tea Cake was truly a good man, and that he would be the right person to marry (Their Eyes Were Watching God: Marriages & Analysis). Even though Tea Cake was poor and much younger, Janie decided to marry him, thus beginning her first marriage of love (The Concept of Love and Marriage in Zora Neale Hurston 's Their Eyes Were Watching God).
Works Cited Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God. New York: Perennial Library, 1990. Print.