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"Their Eyes Were Watching God" By Zora Neale Hurston. Hurston Answers The Question Of What Is Love.

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The Webster's definition of love is "a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness," in Zora Neale Hurston's novel "Their Eyes Were Watching God", she tries to prove that love is the most important thing in the world. The main character, Janie travels through life trying to find this sacred thing called love, and it takes her two failed marriages before she finds that special someone. Before her three marriages Janie lives with Nanny and is going through puberty and just finding boys attractive. When Janie gets married to Logan, she realizes that she wants to be in love with someone and for them to love her back. While Janie is married to Joe, she feels her does not care for her at all and only cares about how she looks. Finally when Janie gets married to Tea Cake, she is happy and in love, even though he is not rich and powerful like her other husbands. In Hurston's novel she shows the complexity of falling in love, and how it is not always easy to meet true love.While Janie is living with Nanny, Huston argues that, love ruins a women's life, and that women should marry for money and status. When Janie says, "Oh to be a pear tree- any tree in bloom" (11), Hurston is using symbolism of the pear tree to show that Janie is growing up and beginning to like boys. However Nanny wants Janie to have a better life than she did and tries to get her to marry someone rich. When Nanny says that, "Ah'm ole now. Ah can't be always guidin' yo' feet from harm and danger. Ah wants to see you married right away"(13), she is expressing her desire for Janie to get married to someone rich. Nanny thinks that women are the work ox and mules of the world, and that falling in love is the reason women have such a role. Janie does not have the chance to decide for herself what she wants to do with her life and can not discover love at this time, even though she did try with Johnny Taylor, "lacerating her...with a kiss" (12). However Nanny does not want Janie with some man that can not support her so she marries Janie off to Logan Killicks.Through Janie's marriage with Logan Hurston shows that true love can not be found with someone that you don't love. When Janie marries a man named Logan Killicks when she is very young and doesn't realize how he will never fulfill her dream of a perfect relationship because she does not love him. Soon after they are married she knows that she has never seen Logan as her dream man, but her grandmother's dream for her. "The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree, but Janie didn't know how to tell Nanny that"(13). Janie wants to make a name for herself so she is not regarded as a mule, because that's what she often feels like. Her husband, Logan, doesn't really care about her because he internalizes the white values that look down upon black women, so it's as if he looks down upon Janie....

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