The Importance Of Water In Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Water. One of the few basic necessities of life. There isn’t a single living organism that can survive without water. However, the water that keeps us alive, can just as easily kill us. The same calm body of water can lead to a powerful and deadly waterfall. The light rain that brings new plant life can just as quickly turn to an uncontrollable storm, obliterating everything in it’s path. Water embodies the awe inspiring and complexity of nature. What humans rely on the most, is just as deadly and it is invigorating. Water is the softest element in nature holds the ability to become the sharpest and most painful. Water as an element represents the natural world. The natural world, just like water, is capable of going to both end extremes. …show more content…
Hurston accomplishes this portrayal by using a hurricane. The hurricane in the “Their Eyes Were Watching God” was a super-storm. The winds are strong, the sky is dark, and the rain comes down hard. The storm floods the everglades and destroys everything.”The winds came back with triple fury, and put out the light for the last time… They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God...Water everywhere.”(151-152) Janie and Tea Cake try to physically stay together, but it was hard against the tests of nature. The power of the storm ultimately lead to the demise of the marriage, but not the love. Although Tea Cake becomes rabid and Janie had to kill him, she still holds many strong loving feelings towards Tea Cake. The hurricane demonstrates the incredible power it takes to separate these two lovers, highlighting the strength of their love. Hurricanes also do a lot of damage and the time it takes to clean the wreckage is far greater than the actual duration of the storm. This is symbolic for the prolonged period of time it will take Janie to heal and recover from this traumatic experience. Here HUston presents us with the most successful marriage of them all. The only way for her to demonstrate how strong their love is, is to create a storm that is strong enough to break it. The amount of water is incredible. You not only have water from the hurricane, …show more content…
As Janie’s goes from marriage to marriage there is ascending amounts of love. She goes from nothing to the most powerful feeling in the world. Hurston uses water to exemplify Janie’s love. The amount of water present in the book can easily be mapped on to the amount of love Janie is experiencing at that time. In a similar fashion to the ascension of love, there is an ascension of water. The analogy between water and love is robust and compelling. The ability to go from something all forms of life require to what leads us to our ultimate demise is a trait not held by many parts of nature. This unique trait is what makes this book so

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