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Love in the Horizon Zora Neale Hurston author of Their Eyes Were Watching God portrays life as a search for love freedom and individual identity In this novel we see the characters mature emotionally through their many obstacles in life People spend their whole lives looking for someone to love when they must first learn to love themselves If different variables can influence someone then clothing is definitely one of these variables in this novel With each marriage Janie goes through the clothing that she wears is important in conveying the relationship of the marriage In each instance Hurston uses Janies clothing to show the search for true love and the influence of the things that surround her The clothing either binds Janie or sets her free As a young woman of sixteen Janie enters her first marriage with Logan Killicks She went on inside to wait for love to begin 22 hoping that this marriage means love will form However quickly into the marriage Janie realizes that marriage does not directly yield love This life which starts with no cushion on the seat continues to crush Janies dreams of love Still a newlywed Janie knows marriage did not make love 25 The apron tied around her waist restrains Janie and halts her emotional growth Still looking for love Janie quickly falls for Joe Starks a man with ambition Feeling the apron which still holds her She untied it and flung it on a low bush beside the road and walked on 32 This symbolizes her release from her first marriage She unties this burden leaves it behind her and goes on in search of her next love Joe Starks Directly following their marriage ceremony Hurston depicts Janie and Joe sitting on a house porch and watching the sun plunge into the same crack from which it emerged 33 This scene describes Janies sense of accomplishment as she feels as though
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