Character Analysis: Their Eyes Were Watching God

Aisha McLaughlin
Ms. Garcia
American Lit. II ; Pd 4
3 January 2018 The Quest for Love and Self-fulfillment. In life, people have many different goals. Everybody wants to fulfill their dreams and make the best out of their lives. Janie Crawford, a young woman who is the main protagonist in Their Eyes Were Watching God is no exception. Janie’s dream is to find true love. While looking for true love, Janie meets Johnny Taylor. She proceed to to get to know him without regard to his background information or anything. He eventually becomes Janie’s first kiss. Nanny, (Janie’s grandmother) sees this situation in a different way. She feels that Janie is now a mature young
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After feeling other kinds of love Janie feels the love like that between the bee and the blossom. Janie experiences different kinds of love throughout her life. With Nanny, her grandmother, Janie experiences a protective love. Nanny wants Janie to have a better life than she had. She will do anything she can to make sure that Janie is safe and cared for. With Logan, Janie has gained a similar protective love, like that provided by her grandmother. For Janie, the love that Logan has for her does not satisfy her need for the love that she has always desired. Janie leaves Logan for Joe who is a man with goals and charm. Janie feels for the first time in her life that she might experience real love with this him. He treats her like a lady, rather than just a farmer's wife. After being married for a short period of time, Janie realizes that she again is lacking the love that she has longed and hoped for. The love that Janie has with Joe is possessive. Joe sees Janie as his possession. He wants Janie to obey his orders, just as the townspeople follow the laws he makes as the Mayor. Joe doesn’t want Janie to interact with the porch sitters or to even play checkers on the porch of the crossroads store. Janie feels trapped by Joe's love. As, she realizes that Joe …show more content…
Janie is captivated by the beautiful tree in Nanny's backyard. As she climbs the tree and sits in its branches, Janie realizes the meaning of true love when she sees the marriage of the bees to the blossoms in the pear tree. The blossoming pear tree symbolizes romantic love. Janie's image of love, as she saw in the pear tree, causes her to go on her quest for love. Janie's idea of sexual desire and marriage is an idea that is eventually challenged for Janie by her experiences with Jody, but is renewed when she meets Tea Cake and finds that her marriage to him allows room for both sexual fulfillment, love and the emotions that love brings. After burying Tea Cake, Janie left the Everglades and returned to Eatonville. At the end of the story, Janie is very pleased with who she is and the person she has become. She had found her pear tree (Tea Cake) and had experienced the true romantic love she had longed for. Janie feels empowered by love and self-fulfillment. She is now able to reject the community that has treated her poorly and return to Eatonville. For this reason, Janie feels she has finally reached the

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