Logan Killicks Symbolism

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Logan Killicks and Janie’s marriage began the inevitable cracks within the confines of her quintessential love. Janie and Logan were the same side of different magnets— polarizing and repelling. Their marriage was not founded on love, it was a transaction. Logan desired the concept of Janie— a beautiful, attractive, and young woman that embodied femininity and womanhood—who he can parade around town as his. His idea of a marriage was founded under the assumption that his money and safety will be reciprocated with tacit subservience. However, his romanticized idea of marriage and Janie is proven to be fruitless as his assumptions are contradicted. Janie longed for a blissful love—a commitment that elicited love, desire, and passion. For Janie, this transaction shattered the idea of her effervescent …show more content…
“The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree but Janie didn’t know how to tell Nanny that.” (Hurston 31)Hurston’s use of conceit further expounds upon the elements of nature in relation to Janie and her ideals. The desecration of the pear tree symbolizes the fragmentation of her image of love after being subjected to this unwilling commitment. This is the beginning of her loss of faith. It was the first forge that Janie’s ideals were forced into. “She knew now that marriage did not make love, Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman.” (Hurston 42) The personification of her dream tangibly relays the beginnings of Janie’s transition from a naïve child to a woman with fractured hopes. Janie’s desires that once exuded a fluttery and exuberant ideal was ravaged by Logan’s stagnancy. She is thrown into the fires of disillusionment. She no longer fantasizes nor dreams. She realizes that the fruits of marriage is not love nor desire; it is a commitment, a contract, a

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