Zora Neale Hrston Reflection

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Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is about a woman maturing through the difficulties of finding and more importantly keeping love. Through these experiences, she discovers the identity she has been harboring in herself. Janie is a mixed African American that has flowing hair and a beautiful face which charms most men around her. At a young age, her nanny made a decision for her to be married to an older man so that she will be able to have a stable future. She hated her nanny for the decisions because she could not bring herself to love the aging man. Janie only wanted to run away from the trapping air of him and found herself chasing after two other men to conclude that freedom. Janie experiences levels of intimacy within …show more content…
Joe, often called Jody, was only attracted to Janie because of her gorgeous features and bright hair. In an attempt to run away Janie only finds herself into another suffocating relationship. Jody is an incredibly powerful figure in his town earning the title of mayor, taking a young, exotic woman there was memorizing to the town’s people. Janie was nothing but a doll to Stark to show around and for people to get envy. He put her to work where everyone can see and ponder at the new “animal” he brought back home. Moreover, because of Janie’s luscious curls, she was still sought by every man in that town. Which introduces his jealous nature by making Janie tie up her hair with an ugly rag so that others do not peer. He would suppress her femininity and restrain her identity to make her further “his object”. Jody treats Janie like she was his possession by not allowing her to meet the other woman in the town.. In his mind “She was there in the store for him to look at, not those others.” (55). Janie thought she was of value to him, but she was only a trophy for him to gloat over. She starts to become distant which Jody takes as a start to belittle her by the following quote, “Somebody got to think for women and chillun and chickens and cows. I god, they sho don’t think none theirselves." (67). He believes women are on the same level as children and animals; which shows that he is a real …show more content…
He cherishes her with love and down-to-earth interest in her life. He does not show her off as a trophy or attempt to force her into hard labor but teach her because he wants her to be intelligent. Teacake gives Janie a mind of her own by letting her do what she wants and giving her options instead of demands. He wanted her to work with him but not to force her to do everything but to share memories as companions. Teacake listens and talk to Janie which her former partners lacked. He wanted to make sure their relationship problems were always resolved and kept no secrets from each other. Janie was utterly in love with Teacake, even saying “He done taught me de maiden language all over.” (115). She draws emphasis on that Teacake opens up hidden doors in her life that she does not know she closed. He did everything in his power for Janie, wanting to take care of her and did not care about age as Jody did. Janie did not have to be an adult in front of Teacake but she already “lived her bitter days with somebody else”. He even got in front of a rabid dog to protect her from harm resulting in him getting bit. And this is what Teacake teaches her as their love story ends. He gets rabies from the dog bite and refuses care from a daughter because of his pride. He becomes a green-eyed blood-thirsty monster that attempts to kill Janie, and she kills him instead. This teaches her how to be

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