Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

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Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, tells the story of a woman named Janie Crawford as she lives and grows throughout her life and marriages in Florida. Janie is a young woman around 16 who is being raised by her grandmother, Nanny, who is a former slave. Because of this fact, Nanny values financial security and respectability over anything else, and so she sees fit to marry Janie to a much older, ugly man named Logan Killicks. This newfound leap into womanhood at such a young age begins the real development of Janie’s character in the novel. Janie’s journey throughout the story is that of independence and seeking of oneself, which is shaped and formed through the relationships she has over the course of the novel.
To start, Janie 's relationship with Logan Killicks is what begins Janie’s journey of finding herself. Her relationship is that of an "arranged marriage,” since Nanny wanted Janie to marry Logan for his land and wealth, because he would provide a sense of security for her granddaughter, and so she sets them up to be married. However, Logan was many, many years older than Janie and she was not at all attracted to him, nor did she feel that she loved him. She married him anyway, for the sake of her grandmother, hoping that love would come with marriage, but it never did. A year later, Janie notices that Logan has stopped spoiling her like he used to, “Long before the year was up, Janie noticed that her husband had stopped talking in rhymes to her He…

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