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An Analysis of Janie's Development as a Woman in "Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurtson
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In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurtson writes about a young girl thats turns into a woman Janie a strong and dramatic character develops into 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 their life Janies marriages to Logan Killicks Jody Starks and Tea Cake are the influences in her development as a woman Janies marriage to Logan Killicks was the first 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 p20 This description of Logans house is symbolic of the relationship they have Janie eventually admits to Nanny that she still does not love Logan and couldnt find anything to love about him She knew now that marriage did not make love Janies first dream was dead so she became a woman p24 Janies prayer is her final plea for a change in her life She knew that by leaving him it would change for the better Janies prayer is answered with her next husband Jody Starks When they first 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 p28 The problem Janie had with Jody was that he did not treat her as equal He
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