Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

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Throughout the novel “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston, we follow the life of Janie Crawford, and her constant struggle to chase her dreams of freedom and true love. These two elements progresses her achievement of the American Dream. Janie is a descendant from a family of slaves, and two generations of raped women, and this gave Janie the goal of finding out what love and freedom is. Ultimately, these elements and her goal is to show that the American dream is the "truth" of the American spirit, and that freedom and love is what keeps many Americans going every day. Throughout history, migrants with nothing came to America to become successful, and begin new lives, just as Janie earns her freedom and sense of true love by the end of the novel.
Janie’s curiosity of love developed when she had her first kiss with Johnny Taylor, “...She bolted upright and peered out of the window and saw Johnny Taylor lacerating her Janie with a kiss…” (Hurston, 11) After this kiss, Nanny gets extremely angry with her, and scolds her for kissing the boy. Nanny, and her daughter Leafy, also Janie’s mother, have been both raped. Nanny saw the kiss as a sign that Janie too will get raped. She claims that Janie is now a grown woman and must be married right away to avoid getting raped. Janie then learns that Nanny arranged a marriage between her and Logan Killicks. Janie is displeased and believes Logan is ugly and old, and that she’ll never fall in love with him. Nanny refuses…

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