Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

1026 Words Nov 10th, 2016 5 Pages
In Zora Neale Hurston’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie battles cultural norms by marrying for love instead of the traditional reasons of money and security. Throughout the novel Janie is dissatisfied with inability to voice herself and in finding a voice she is able to break free of societal constructs. Janie has to negotiate how to carry herself in response to others, which leads to Janie breaking the mold women are expected to fit into. She is able t find herself through her ability to recognize she does not want to live as a pawn in someone else’s life. Janie’s grandmother, Nanny, has instilled within her granddaughter that a happy marriage is dependent upon money and security. Her grandmother views Janie as her second chance to raise an exceptional girl, however, Janie’s dissatisfaction with her first husband Logan Killicks is not expected by Nanny. According to Janie she wonders if “marriage compels love like the sun day”, which is opposite of her grandmother’s view about marriage. Nanny is living through Janie by trying to correct the wrongs caused by her daughter, Janie’s mother. Janie’s grandmother is using her as a pawn for her own redemption song which puts Janie’s beliefs and desires on a shelf. Nanny urges Janie to become happy since Mr. Killicks, “Got a house bought and paid for and 60 acres uh land… Dats de very prong all us black women gits hung on.” This reveals Nanny’s thoughts towards marriage; it is to find financial security not happiness, which…

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