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Janie's Search for Love and Freedom in the Novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Word Count: 1,192
In the novel Their Eyes were watching God Zora Neale Hurston portrays a woman named Janies search for love and freedom Janie throughout the novel bounces through three different marriages with a brief stint at being a widow in between Throughout these episodes Hurston uses Janies clothing as a visual bookmark of where Janie is in her search for true love and how she is being influenced by those around her Janies first article of clothing is an apron that she wears while married to Logan Killiks as a hard working sixteen year old Logan who Janie describes as looking like an ol skullhead in de grave yard pg 13 marries Janie to fulfill the role laid down by Janies grandmother a mule Janie goes along with this for nearly a year until change comes walking down the road in the form of Joe Starks Joe is a citified stylish man with a hat set at an angle that didnt belong in those parts and he wants to take Janie away Joes dream is to become big man and pleads Janie to take part in his dreams of the future He proposes marriage to her and arranges a rendezvous at the bottom of the road at sunup the next morning Janie is torn because Jody does not represent sun-up pollen and blooming trees but he spoke of the far horizonThe memory of Nanny was still strong pg 28 When Janie decides to leave the next morning for if nothing else a healthy change she looks down and sees the apron which has stood for all the things she has had to do for Logan and flung it on a small bush beside the road Then she walked on picking flowers and making a bouquet pg 31 When Janie threw the apron on the bush it represented a major change in Janies life and a progression from Logan Janie is continuing her search for true
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