Essay on Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston

1721 Words Jan 8th, 2015 7 Pages
In Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie, a long-haired beauty, struggled with finding herself in marriages where constant society and personal pressures forced her into certain roles in life she never expected. Throughout the book Janie struggles with being herself versus pleasing the man she is with. When Janie marries Logan she is still an innocent young girl, this innocence is stripped away with the realization of what it means to be married and live under the control of a dominant man. There is a continuation of this within her second marriage when she emotionally detaches herself from the world in order to cope with her dehumanization by Jody. It is not until he dies and she meets Tea Cake that her relationship becomes centered around love rather than social necessity. Within each marriage, the role or worth of a woman, their physical appearances, and the wealth that each of the men held controlled many aspects of their relationship and determined the balance of innocence, love, and jealously that each of the characters felt. In Janie’s first marriage, Logan Killicks, a man opposite of what Janie believed was true love, dully shows her what the real world is like: breaking emotional connections she wished to have with a man and forcing her into expectations the society around her has set. There is not much known about Logan throughout their marriage but he is not depicted in a positive light. The sharp contrast between their physical appearances…

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