Janie's Marriages And Personal Growth In Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie Crawford the main character goes through some big changes. Throughout this book Janie struggles to find her inner voice and purpose of love. She looks high and low for a sign of what love really is and she finds it as being the pear tree. The pear tree is very symbolic and ultimately shows Janie what love is and how it should be in a healthy relationship. This tree, with the bees pollinating the blossoms, helps Janie realize that love should be very mutual and each person needs to provide for the other equally. Janie tries to find this special kind of love through her three husbands, but she comes to realize it is going to be much harder then she expected. Each one of Janie’s husbands are a stepping stone for her finding her voice.
Janie’s first marriage was to Logan Killicks, an accomplished middle aged farmer. Her grandmother wanted Janie to be financially set and be protected, so she pretty much forced Janie into marrying Logan. With her grandmothers rough past of being a slave and all she did not want Janie to be treated like some kind of mule by her husband. Even though there was certainly now love connection between the two of them, they went through with the marriage anyway. Janie’s grandmother always said that love would eventually come after they were married but Janie was unsure. (Hurston 21) Not wanting to disobey hey grandmother, Janie came to her senses and decided to go through with the wedding, but things would not go so smoothly for long.
Logan Killicks was by far not the ideal husband that Janie was looking for like the one the pear tree helped her realize. This was not a give and take relationship, but rather an autocratic one. Autocratic meaning one person having supreme power over others similar to a dictatorship. (Communication-Skills) Logan forced Janie to work and do other things that really were only suitable for men back in the...

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