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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, written by Zora Neale Hurston, the main character Janie goes through many relationships. In herfirst relationship, Logan, she thinks love will just happen. Her second relationship, Joe, everything seemed to be fine but she had conflicting feelings within herself. The third, TeaCake, really seemed to make Janie's life complete. Although not perfect, she discovered what true love was really like.
When Janie married Logan, she never knew what to look for in a marriage but what she saw and imagined. Janie always imagined marriage to fulfill her dreams of love. Yet, those “barren brow stems” never matured into “glistening leaf-buds” in her marriage to Logan Killicks. “The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree.” Instead of love, Janie only found disappointment in this marriage, and thus she came to a rude awakening of reality. “She knew now that marriage did not make love,” so her ” first dream was dead, and then Janie became a woman.” Janie’sfirst marriage was unsuccessful and left her trapped with nothing but her hope. An opportunity to escape this marriage with Logan Killicks finally arose itself with Joe Starks.
Joe Starks “did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for… change and chance.” This is why Janie decided to leave Logan Killicks and marry Joe Starks. Joe was very ambitious and materialistic. Therefore Joe would be able to provide for Janie. But this materialistic nature of Joe also made it impossible for any love to exist in this marriage. Joe didn’t see any worth in things that he couldn’t buy or own. To Joe, Janie was only a woman, a wife, and a helpless being he could possess. The only love he ever had for Janie was the love for a prized possession or object. Since an object can’t speak its mind, think, or have feelings, Joe never expected Janie to be capable of doing any of these things. In this way Joe Starks crushed Jani…

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