Their Eyes Were Watching God, By Zora Neale Hurston

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In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, the main character Janie tries to find “love” multiple times throughout the story, yet within her marriages she does not find her true feelings about one single man until the final marriage. First, she tries to find love in her rushed marriage with Logan Killucks. After Logan, she is lead to believe that Jody will finally bring her the love that she deserves, but after years of being with him she ultimately gives up on the idea that marriage equals everlasting love until Tea Cake shows up. Finally, when Tea Cake appears he brings her a new life of freedom and her love for him lasts until the very end. The idea of love in Janie’s mind changes drastically from husband to husband until she …show more content…
Ever since the beginning, Janie had thought that love was what truly made someone happy and to keep love, someone had to get married. However, when Tea Cake came into her life, she found that he was actually somewhat a loving person. Although, at first, she thought he was a bad idea to marry or even be with, she believed there was good in Tea Cake. “All next day in the house and store she thought resisting thoughts about Tea Cake. She even ridiculed him in her mind and was a little ashamed of the association.. She couldn’t make him look just like any other man to her. He looked like the love thoughts of women. He could be a bee to a blossom – a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the world with his footsteps...”(106 Hurston). After her last marriage, Janie felt as if being single and not having love is the best way to find happiness in life because she was so free. However, what really made her trapped were the people who she was with. Tea Cake would never do this though. He would treat her like a Queen, respecting whatever she had done and will do. It was true love between Tea Cake and Janie. When they moved in the Everglades, they had basically nothing to their names. They were two poor people going to work on a farm, and that made Janie happy. When they had “married”, the feeling of regret or being trapped did not occur to Janie, because she was still a free woman. Tea Cake let her do anything she wanted. If she wanted to talk to people and tell stories on the porches she was allowed to do that unlike her previous marriage where she was told to act like a woman and stay at home or at the store. Even at times of tension between Janie and Tea Cake we still were able to examine that there was true love between them and that Janie is happy with what she has done. At one point, Tea Cake is suspected of having an affair with another woman named Nunkie, and Janie sees them

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