Character Analysis Of Janie Crawford In Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Hurston

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In the book, Their eyes were watching God, by Zora Hurston, Janie Crawford starts as a product of the late 19th century or early 20th, and the social norms of those days, of establishing freedom to a former slave culture, but she followed her own adventurous life on her own terms. For example, after Janie marries Logan Killicks she meets a unique individual, Joe Starks who was following a path of establishing the first Black-American city, and she decides to follow his invitation to pioneer this mission, over the normal life of a sharecroppers wife. This life would have consisted of servitude and labor, because the norm was for white men to demand labor from the black man, but the black woman was the labor force for both. In other words …show more content…
To be sure Janie was mainly passionate about love, but she seems to give in to some of these guidelines, patiently waiting for her chance at love. This is not to say her love, for those she opposed, was not true, but a different type. For example when Janie lays under the blossoming pear tree, she observes a bee pollinating it, and she describes this as a "love embrace," "ecstatic shiver," and "creaming in every branch," which shows her passion for love. A feeling she would not encounter again until her relationship with Tea Cake, after she "lived Grandma 's way," with Joe. Proving her love for Joe differed, because she gave in to his demands, but this marriage lacked that passionate spark, and may have been similar to her original marriage to Logan, minus the luxuries. After, living though a hurricane, and a wild dog attack, Tea Cake get bit and contracts "mad dawg," and Jane ends up having to kill him out of self-defense (Hurston, p.g. 177). In spite of this she hold his dead body crying, and "thanked him" silently for "loving service"(Hurston, …show more content…
She lived a life extremes, she went full circle and told the story about it. She started her life under previous norms, lived as a mayors wife, and finally a life of freedom and young love. First, she faced the fear of the unknown and "debated" with Logan the night before she left with Joe Starks (Hurston p.g. 32). Which followed with her submitting to Joe 's jealous requests, like serving meals, covering her hair, and not mingling with the local social group. Similarly Jane fears for a couple days, about him dying while she was "trembling upstairs," with nothing to say. She ended up punishing him for the last period before death, and she felt bad for him and his ego. Finally she face fear about Tea Bags intentions and whether he really Loved her, also in their choice to ride out the hurricane. Everything worked out for her in a way, but she ended up facing her own punishment, due to these

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