True Love In Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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During one time or another one will go about trying to find their one and true love. Similarly, in Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie searches to gain unconditional and true love like that between the pear tree and its surroundings in Nanny 's backyard. As a result of her quest for this love Janie realizes that although her marriage with Tea Cake was far from perfect, it worked for her as she found and realized that true love does exist. Hurston by no way wants us to aspire to be like them but shows the coming together of two individuals to create something much bigger. Hurston displays Janie 's chase after her vision of ideal love through the use of symbolism and nature imagery to show that as love strengthens perfection loses its meaning. …show more content…
At first she is hesitant to marry Logan as she was not in love with him to begin with. “Janie had had no chance to know things, so she had to ask. Did marriage end the cosmic loneliness of the unmated? Did marriage compel ove like the sun the day” (Hurston 21). Janie longs for love however here it is shown that she is not sure that Logan would be the singing bee to fulfill her desire to find true love. In fact she has “The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree” (Hurston 14). In her vision she begins to doubt whether or not Logan will be able to grow Janie’s tree of love and give the love she longs for. This case makes her doubt her marriage with Logan but she has no choice but to marry Logan. “So Janie waited a bloom time, and a green time and an orange time. But when the pollen again gilded the sun and sifted down on the world she began to stand around the gate and expect things. What things? She didn’t know exactly” (Hurston 25). Janie relies on the advice of Nanny that she will eventually find true love in her marriage and her tree of love will grow to great lengths. Janie then begins to live a love of great wealth and comfort as Logan owned a potato farm however she starts to feel lonely in her relationship. Logan did not treat her special, did not appreciate her, and did not love her. In fact there was always a lack of communication and objectified her which caused him to treat her …show more content…
Unlike the other two men, Tea Cake is cheerful, attractive and comforting. In fact she feels something for the first time that she did not feel with any other man, “Maybe this strange man was up to something! Tea Cake wasn’t strange. Seemed as if she had known him all her life” (Hurston 99). After meeting him for the first time she feels a sort of comfort as if she has always known him. She feels Tea Cake has something which makes her loneliness disappear and makes her smile. This causes her to enjoy herself as she has never experienced this before and “So she sat on the porch and watched the moon rise. Soon its amber fluid was drenching the earth, and quenching the thirst of the day” (Hurston 99). This quote reflects Janie’s happiness and her desire for true love once again after being let down twice. The amber fluid represents the preciousness of Tea Cake’s attention as she has never been respected before. Tea Cake’s love and respect quenches thirst for a relationship with true love and the beauty of this true love shown by the moon rise. Being with Tea Cake reinvents Janie and gives her another chance to live the life of true love. She begins to believe that “He could be a bee to a blossom – a pear tree blossom in the spring. He seemed to be crushing scent out of the word with his footsteps. Crushing aromatic herbs with every step he took. Spices hung about him. He was a glance

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