Varsha Vuyyuru Vuyyuru 1 English 10 H – Fourth Block
4 September 2012
Her Journey to Independance
An ancient greek historian said,” The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage. “This describes the situation that Janie, the protagonist in Their Eyes Were Watching God, was in. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is a book about an African- American woman living in the 1930’s who is searching for true love, independence, self-worth, (self-awareness)*and happiness. A central theme of this book is the journey that people go through to find independence and freedom so you can be your true-self.** Janie spends a large amount of her life being oppressed by others and trying to free herself from the power of others.* , and she is never truly happy *instukl she finds independence and freedom and the courage to be her own person.
As the book begins Janie is under the power of nanny, her grandmother,. Nanny and Janie share very different views on life and finding love. Nanny thinks that Janie should marry a wealthy stable man, while Janie just wants to be in love. The reason that Nanny has those views is because she is from the time of the civil war and slavery. Nanny loves Janie but her views ultimately end up hurting Janie. Nanny marries Janie of to a man named Logan Killicks, a man of high wealth and status. Janie understands that she doesn’t love him but she thinks that after they get married, love will come naturally. After she gets married he treats her well, but she still doesn’t love him and feel happy. She goes to Nanny for advice which shows that she wasn’t happy being with Logan and being under his control. She starts to think of a way to leave the marriage , when she meets Joe Starks...
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