Their Eyes Were Watching God Identity

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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…
Janie marries Logan at the age of sixteen when she is trying to grow in this thoughtless world. No matter how long she stays with Logan, she could never appreciate what he does. Janie could never come to love him because Logan was never her ideal type. Nanny wants Janie to have a secure future because she did not want her going through the difficulties of life. To be abused and left alone without any means to care for herself. Nanny even displays this feeling when she is speaking to Janie by saying “Freedom found me with a baby girl- [and I do anything for her] but somehow she got lost offa de highway. So I saved the text for you” (Hurston 20). Nanny adored Janie and because of that overprotective feeling did not believe in love but security. Janie was the exact opposite and wanted her future to be in a blissful love affair. From seeing the pollination of the pear tree, she believed marriage was the following “ She saw a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage!” (11). …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

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