English 10 Honors
20 March 2012
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Many in the world go on a life long search for their identity, while others are born knowing their identity. In this bildungsroman Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neal Hurston, a character named Janie try to find her identity by having different experiences with different types of men. Also, by going through a series of encounters and problems with other individuals, she tries to find herself. Logan Killicks, Joe Starks, and Tea Cake, all have had an affair with Janie and they all have treated her differently, but similar in ways.
Logan Killicks in the story was Janie’s first husband. Although Janie wanted a relationship, she didn’t want it with him. In chapter 3 it says how she felt about him in a way, and it states “The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree but Janie didn’t know how to tell Nanny that. She merely hunched over and pouted at the floor.”(14) Janie’s vision of love was said to be “desecrated” because of her marrying Logan. Compared to her encounter with Johnny Taylor, she feels that Logan was unable to do the same. Janie had then became married with Logan but still had many thought and opinions on. In this chapter it states, “Yes, she would love Logan after they were married. She could see no way for it to come about, but Nanny and the old folks had said it, so it must be so.” (21) Janie had only married Logan because of what Nanny and the others around her village said. Basically they were making him sound good even though in reality he isn’t. Janie, after marrying Logan, thought that she would just learn to love Logan. But as the relationship goes along, she realizes that she doesn’t and ends up leaving him. Also because of how “insensitive” he proves to be towards her.
Joe Starks, also known as Jody, was Janie’s second husband. Their first interaction was romantic and Janie felt a connection. But Janie didn’t think much of...