At the beginning of the book, Janie struggles to find her voice and tends to let other people tell her what to do. Each death brings her closer to finding her voice and speaking out for what she believes in by connecting with others. One example of this is just before Jody dies, he is lying in his death bed after weeks of not allowing Janie to visit him. Janie enters his room without permission and tells him off, saying “You wouldn't listen. You done live wid me for twenty years and you don't half know me atall. And you could have but you was so busy worshippin' de works of yo' own hands and cuffin folks around in their minds till you didn't see uh whole heap uh things yuh could have.'
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...y, but he is with her spiritually. He gave Janie strength and after he is gone, she is completely independent. She testifies for herself and does what she wants by moving back to Eatonville. Finished with chasing the horizon, Janie is at peace with her life. His death made her finally become content with her life. There is no desire left in her to run away with another man or find somewhere else to go. With the death of Tea Cake, Janie feels a type of freedom she has never had before, and ends her search for the horizons.
Overall, the deaths that occur in Janie’s life affect her positively because they help her find her voice, become more independent, and widen her horizons. Death is not something Janie mourns, but something she finds strength in.
Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel. New York: Perennial Library, 1990. Print.
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