Theme Of Awakenings In Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Awakenings Milestones and awakenings have a very important impact on anyone’s life. Whether it could be breaking a record, writing a novel, or losing weight, each milestone prepares that person for a next step in life. In the story, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, the main character, Janie Mae Crawford, experiences multiple awakenings, some of which are caused by herself, others of which are created by the others around her. The concept of “seeing in a different light” directly applies in this story, not only because of the many awakenings, but also because of the awakenings she discovers drive her to become an independant woman. This idea of self-awareness is not one that a reader will just find in stories. It is an important …show more content…
After Jody’s death, Janie is content with her freedom. Many men try to woo her, but “these men didn’t represent a thing she wanted to know about. She had experienced them through Logan and Joe” (90). So when Tea Cake walked into her store, she was not expecting it to turn out the way it did. When they first met he asked her to play checkers, and she was excited by the idea that “somebody wanted her to play. Somebody thought it natural for her to play. That was even nice” (96). This begins their flirtatious attitudes and eventually ends up in him walking her home. In that moment it “seemed as if she had known him all her life” (99). Tea Cake and Janie continue their flirtatious, adventurous ways, and “she felt like a child breaking rules. That’s what made Janie like it” (102). This is when Tea Cake takes her out fishing after midnight, which is not what a grown woman should be doing. She thought that “he could be a bee to a blossom-a pear tree blossom in the spring” (106). He showed her the closest thing to it. It is said that “she adored him and hated him at the same time” (108). He made her question his motives and her own, but she could not get him out of her head. Eventually he was “hauling her off to a preacher’s house...then right on to the room..and such another hugging and kissing and carrying on you never saw” (116-117). While living in the muck, “Tea cake made her shoot at little things just to give her good aim...She go to be a better shot then Tea Cake” (131). He treated her as an equal and gave her the pear tree loved she had wanted. However, eventually “he just slapped her around a bit to show he was boss” (147). This did not shatter the romance between them as it had with Jody, but it did change the tension in the relationship. After Tea Cake was bitten by the rapid dog and becomes sick, he gets angry with Janie easily. Then the day came that he held the pistol at her, and “instinctively Janie’s hand flew

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