Their Eyes Were Watching God Analysis : Janie's Journey Through Marriage

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Analysis: Janie’s Husbands & Marriages
Part I: In the book “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, the main character, Janie Mae Crawford, explains her life story in a flashback to her best friend, Pheoby Watson. Throughout her flashback, she experiences life and marriage with three different men named Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Vergible Woods. These three marriages were all different in their own ways, but they all aid in Janie’s maturity and illustrate her quest for independence. In Janie’s marriage with Logan, Janie came to a couple of realizations and she learned the goals she wanted to achieve out of life. In her first marriage, the man she was with was everything that Nanny Crawford wanted him to be. Logan Killicks was a farmer
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He showered her with clothes of silk and wool [Page 33] and made sure he instilled in her that she was a princess. When Janie ran off with Joe, she was running off to achieve her own goals in Joe’s. To Janie, Joe seemed to be a man that could make things happen. Fortunately, he turned out to be exactly that. It did not take long for things to happen once Janie and Joe made it to Eatonville. He immediately became mayor of the town, and with the money he had come with he made improvements to everything he thought needed it [Page 36-38]. It did not take long for him to achieve his goals. Janie had everything she could possibly want, but her most important goal was not reached in Joe’s. Janie wanted her pear tree; she longed for real love, and she actually seemed to love Joe. She even gave him a pet name which was Jody [Page 29]. Again unfavorably for Janie, she did not receive all her goals in this marriage. As Jody’s power began to increase as mayor, this need for dominance spilled over into him and Janie’s marriage. He spoke for Janie [Page 43], he secluded her from the townspeople saying that with his big voice made a big woman out of her [Page 46], and he even started making Janie wear a head scarf because he did not like the attention that Janie got from her long, beautiful hair [Page 49]. Janie knew this was never what she wanted out of her husband; she had not expected this from Joe. He

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