Their Eyes Were Watching God: Love and Marriage

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Third Time’s The Charm
Love and marriage is one of the most prominent journeys that Janie goes experiences while achieving a subconscious, life-long pursuit of personal fulfillment. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston sets the tone for the general theme of this story, love and marriage. Janie Mae Crawford marries three times. One arranged by Nanny, one she decides to leave, and the third seemed almost too good to be true, and it was. Tea Cake is the only man in which Janie found everlasting love. Janie desires true love for she has spent her life dreaming of it and waiting for it to come true. Logan Killicks was Janie’s first husband and only arranged marriage. He was a wealthy man who could provide for her, which is just what Nanny wanted for her, but Janie thought otherwise. She shows her disproval of Logan, “The vision of Logan Killicks was desecrating the pear tree, but Janie didn’t know how to tell Nanny that” (Hurston 14). Stability is not the only thing Janie is looking for in a man. She wants to have fun and love her husband, not just feel useless. Janie just could not see herself loving Logan, even though she wanted to, since Nanny approved of Logan. “She knew now that marriage did not make love” (Hurston 25). The way Logan treats Janie is almost neglectful. He hardly ever admires or gives attention to her. “Janie noticed that her husband had stopped talking in rhymes to her. He had ceased to wonder at her long black hair and finger it” and he also makes it very clear that he wants her to work “‘You done been spoilt rotten”’ (Hurston 26). Janie is a wife, not a field hand. She will do the household chores, but she is not about to do a man’s job or work the plow. Janie is not interested in the slightest bit to do any kind of favors for Logan. He shouldn’t expect her to work for him. She is almost useless as a wife, especially since she does not love him. This marriage just didn’t work out, after all, there was nothing holding it...
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