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Janie: Bud To Blossom Essay

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In 1937, Zora Neale Hurston spent seven weeks in Haiti writing what would become her most well-known and acknowledged piece of work. Their Eyes Were Watching God was born on September 18th, 1937, in New York. The novel told a hopeful tale of a woman finding a secure sense of independence and identity in the 1920s. Janie Mae Crawford is the protagonist of the novel. She knows family only in the form of her grandmother, who she refers to as Nanny. Each relationship that Janie is involved in blooms and withers away like the pear tree that symbolizes Janie's life.
Janie's grandmother, Nanny, is the first bud on her tree. Nanny raised Janie since she was a little girl. Her grandmother is like ...view middle of the document...

Logan is a man that sees a worker in his relationship with Janie, not a wife. Logan and Nanny brag about the 60 acres that Logan owns like it's an obvious cause for marriage. Janie sees Logan's land as "a lonesome place like a stump in the middle of the woods where nobody had even been" (39), unlike her bountiful pear tree. Janie shows great will power, and independence when she leaves Logan behind. Logan was polluting Janie's tree of life. Logan was only good for delaying Janie from realizing that she can be a strong independent woman. He prevented the self-sufficient woman in Janie from reaching its potential.
The arrival of Joe Starks represented change and the beginning of the next phase in Janie's life. When Janie first meets Mr. Starks the narrator conveys to the reader that "Janie pulled back a long time because he did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for a far horizon" (29). This marriage is depicted as being of a different nature than to that of Logan Killicks, but it's not. The marriage of Janie and Jody is wrapped in a much nicer packaging, but is ultimately a similar scenario to that of Janie's marriage to Logan. Janie is no longer a house slave, but is now chained into the role as the Mayors trophy wife. When Jody is named Mayor of Eatonville, the townsfolk try to get Janie to make a speech, but Joe cuts her off saying he never married her for anything like that. The narrator tells us that "It must have been the way Joe spoke out without giving her a chance to say anything one way or another that took the bloom off of things" (43). Joe is a man driven by his need for respect and power. His only...

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