Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

1854 Words Mar 24th, 2016 8 Pages
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. These extremes could be nurturing to deadly, relaxing to exacerbating, or even just day to night. In Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, the protagonist, Janie, searches for what she believes to be true love. However, over the course of several marriages she learns that this dream is more complex and difficult than she had originally anticipated. Her failed marriages, though negative experience, helped her to shape what love truly is and how to find it. Throughout the novel, Hurston uses ascending amounts water to represent, foreshadow, or to reinforce the presence of love in Janie’s marriage. Janie first marriage is with a older man named Logan. Janie has no say in the marriage. When Janie’s overprotective…

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