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In There Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neil Hurston the protagonist Janie Crawford embarks on a journey for love Her journey leads her through the obstacles of life Through the various tests that Janie takes she is able to distinguish between allies and enemies allowing her to fulfill her mission Nanny Janies grandmother inculcates Janie with her idea of love before Janie is able to make the decision for herself Born during slavery Nanny believed that love would come as long as your spouse could take care of you Therefore since Logan had plenty of land he could make Janie happy Finally out of Nannys talk and her own conjecture she made a sort of comfort for herself Yes she would love Logan after they were married Unfortunately Janie only makes a comfort in other words all she does is settle With Nannys idea of love in mind she sets off on a relationship destined to fail Although the symbolic pear tree wilts this season it is still capable of blossoming after one year she leaves Logan in search for a better tomorrow Joe Starks Janies second husband seems to bring the escape Janie desperately craves from Logan His new attitude and vivid dreams awaken Janies sense of adventure She runs away with him avoiding Logan and her problems Unfortunately the escape does not bring freedom She is doomed to live in the shadow of an arrogant pompous man bent on becoming superior to the rest of humanity Joe does not allow Janie to fulfill her dreams in fact he beats her into submission Only when Janie speaks up Nah ah aint yo gal no mo is she able to free herself from his prison Joe dies a miserable man and his last words are drenched with bitterness Much as ah done fuh ya Holdin me up tuh scorn No sympathy He is unable to see that his selfishness was his own undoing Once
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