The Importance Of Loneliness In Their Eyes Were Watching God

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The novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Zora Neale Hurston, is a depiction of an endless journey through the eyes of a woman named Janie and her longevity of a life. Janie finds herself struggling in three contrasting marriages. In each of these relationships, evidence proves that loneliness lingers in the shadows. Some may believe that when one is exclusive with another and they are explicitly loved, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t convey loneliness, while others would disagree. The real question that bears contemplation is being alone in the end, the same thing as being lonely? Some people would create dissensions over this profound question and others would find the answer more uncomplicated. Janie in this novel, exemplifies …show more content…
When Tea Cake died, Janie felt the most heartache she ever had experienced. The love of her life had been killed right in front of her and she was the one to blame. When comparing all her relationships, the love that she shared with Tea Cake was the one that was believed to be the one to last eternity. And it did. When she had frighteningly pulled the trigger with the one ounce of power she had in her, she never wished for him to have his last breath at that very moment. The author writes, “She had wanted him to live so much and he was dead.” (Chapter 19??) When her previous marriages ended, she felt lonely and afraid. When her last husband, Jody had died, she had mourned, but not truly like a wife would. She felt alone, but with Tea Cake’s ending, it was quite different. She missed him more than she could ever bear to imagine, but she didn’t feel alone. “Of course he wasn’t dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking….Here was peace.” (Chapter 20) This quote signifies what Janie had felt. Tea Cake was never going to be physically with her, but he would forever be by her side in spirit until the day she was no longer present on earth. She was spiritually at peace and she didn’t have the feeling of being alone. Janie feeling his presence, caused her to finally feel happiness independently and not depend on a certain person to try to fake her happiness. She finally came to conclusion that she was in charge of her own happiness and she was the only one that was able to control her

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