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Their Eyes Were Watching God

People grow and develop at different rates. The factors that heavily influence a person’s development are heredity and environment. The people you meet and the experiences you have are very important in what makes a person who he/she is. Janie develops as a woman with the three marriages she has. In each marriage she learns valuable lessons, has progressively better relationships, and realizes how a person is to live his/her life. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie’s marriages to Logan Killicks, Jody Starks, and Tea Cake are the most crucial elements in her development as a woman.
Janie’s marriage to Logan Killicks was thefirst stage in her development as a woman. She hoped that her forced marriage with Logan would end her loneliness and desire for love. Right from the beginning, the loneliness in the marriage shows up when Janie sees that his house is a “lonesome place like a stump in the middle of the woods where nobody had ever been” (20). This description of Logan’s house is symbolic of the relationship they have. Janie eventually admits to Nanny that she still does not love Logan and cannot find anything to love about him. “She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’sfirst dream was dead, so she became a woman” (24). Janie’s prayer is her final plea for a change in her life. She says “Lawd, you know mah heart. Ah done de best Ah could do. De rest is left to you” (23).
Janie’s prayer is answered with her next husband, Jody Starks. He is the man who fills the voids of loneliness and love, and continues her development as a woman. When theyfirst met, Janie was convinced that Jody believed she was a very special person because of the compliments he gave her. For two weeks, before they married, they talked and Janie believed that Jody “spoke for change and chance” (28). The problem Janie had with Jody was that he did not treat her as equal. He would not let her speak in front o


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