Their Eyes Were Watching God Character Analysis

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Their Eyes Were Watching God

In the book, Their Eyes Are Watching God, character Janie Crawford takes a journey of self discovery. This journey requires that she must give up the people she loves. The only way she can achieve true love is through countless losses. The story opens when Janie returns to Eatonville, Florida. Upon her return, the townsfolk gossip about her and what happened to her husband, a young man named Tea Cake. Janie’s friend Pheoby Watson visits her to find out what has happened. Janie’s quest is a rough, tedious journey that, in my opinion, is filled with more heart ache than actual love. She ends up “loving” these strange men and all fail her expectations of what love should be. As a result, when the book ends, she is filled with peace and fulfillment having knowing what it means to fall in love. The start of Janie’s journey begins with her living with her grandmother. Nanny, as she is referred to in the book, has a strange out view on the world around her and on Janey, and decides that she needs to married right away. Logan Killicks, a powerful, wealthy ambitious man, seemed to be the perfect candidate and Nanny settles for an arranged marriage. Janie was confused and thought that marriage required love, so she tries to “love” Logan. It turns out, the marriage was horrible. Logan turned out to be an arrogant snob with no romantic interest in Janie whatsoever. My interpretation of Logan is the almost complete opposite of Janie. He finds everything Janie thinks is beautiful, ugly and irrelevant. In the beginning of their relationship, he speaks rhythmically, trying to falsely impress her. After that, he only shows anger and frustration when Janie resists him. Janie decides to leave Logan and “falls in love” with Jody Starks. Joe is somewhat of a conceited man. His love for himself and his figure kept Janie locked away from the public. Janie didn’t take for not being able to speak to the “common people”, thus her...
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