Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Would you ever want to be married and spend the rest of your life with someone you never loved? Janie finds security in her first two marriages to Logan Killiks, and Joe Starks, but a marriage cannot survive unless true love is involved like the marriage with Tea Cake. Different marriages in Janie’s life will be analyzed to examine her growing stages in life. Janie’s first marriage to Logan Killiks, wasn’t Janie’s ideal marriage. The whole point of Janie’s first marriage was to have financial security and be prepared for the future. Nanny arranged this entire marriage. This marriage seemed to be more of a favor to Nanny because she wanted Janie to be financially secure before she died. Nanny didn’t want Janie to end up like herself, or Janie’s mother. They both ended up raped and pregnant by the men that raped them. Janie had seemed to experiment and had begun to gain interest in men when she first kissed a boy over the fence, by the name of Johnny Taylor, but Nanny didn’t want a poor unemployed negro to be Janie’s husband. Unfortunately for Janie, she wanted to find love and it’s true meaning. Janie couldn’t find love in th Continue...


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Janie's marriage in where she truly seems to find happiness, is with Tea Cake. This seems to be what drove Janie's interest in him in the first place. Her ties with Joe seem to be fully erased after two main events, burning of the hair rags and selling the store. Janie's seemed to develop maturity in her life because of these pasts' marriages. On the other hand, this spoiled Janie greatly, and when Logan was tired of waiting on Janie hand and foot, Janie refused. Tea Cakes unfortunate death seems to bring out something in Janie. She doesn't need a man for support when she's already supporting herself. She finds herself and understands true love and happiness with Tea Cake. It's what makes their relationship last longer than the other ones by far. He then becomes a big man with a big voice and Joe is well known. Janie has had several growing stages in life which is analyzed through Hurston's style of writing, in which is represented by the marriages. She did find financial security, but that wasn't what made Janie happy. This new treatment of pushing Janie around and forcing her to work seems to be what pushed Janie into the arms of Joe Starks. She experiences true feelings rather than fake ones that were brought upon her lasts two marriages.

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