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In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston the author constantly uses nature to symbolize and explain Janies world Hurston uses the pear tree the hurricane and death to show natures power in life She uses these to bring another level of understanding to Janie and her storyAs a young girl Janie is fascinated by the blossoming pear tree To her it represents love that destroys all boundaries and endures forever She wants that special kind of love Janie assumes that with marriage comes the love that she is seeking Throughout the novel Janie is searching for this love and always goes back to the pear tree Janie lies under the pear tree and this is what she sees a dust- bearing bee sink into the sanctum of the bloom the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing in delight So this was marriage 11 This is a wonderful image to Janie It shows how innocent and beautiful marriage seems to be Janie is not only watching the blossoms but also the growth of the tree As Janie grows she notices the pear tree growing right along with her She sees it blooming and growing fresh leaves and buds As nature shapes the tree it also shapes Janie and she can tell she is growing into a young woman Yet this presents some problems for the young Janie she had glossy leaves and bursting buds and she wanted to struggle with life but it seemed to elude her Where were the singing bees for her 11 Janie realizes she is older and she is clearly wondering when this wonderful thing called marriage will happen Nothing seems to happen to her for a while and with her first two marriages the pear tree dream slowly begins
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