Finding True Happiness By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

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This biggest challenge people face throughout their lives is finding true happiness. To many, happiness is defined by monetary and materialistic qualities, however that is not what reveals contentment. It is important to recognize that true happiness exists after overcoming a challenge within our lives. In order to find true happiness and true acceptance within ourselves, we must experience pain and suffering. Zora Neale Hurston validates this claim through Janie Crawford by exemplifying how the challenges she faces shapes her eventually finding true happiness and acceptance within herself.
Janie 's confronts three challenges throughout her life: Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake. After being forced into marriage, she finds that happiness is not defined by marriage. “She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman” (25). At this point, Janie recognizes that happiness is difficult to acquire. One of the first lessons Janie learns is that love cannot be forced or planned. It comes in many forms and develops through pain and suffering. After being consistently oppressed by Logan Killicks, Janie knew she did not want to live her life in submission. “Long before the year was up, Janie noticed that her husband had stopped talking in rhymes to her.” Even in the early stages of their marriage, Janie recognized that the relationship between Logan Killicks and her was bound to end. She knew from then on the disconnection between…

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