“Of course he wasn’t dead. He could never be dead until she herself had finished feeling and thinking. The kiss of his memory made pictures of light against the wall. Here was peace. She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.” (p193)
Here in Their Eyes Were Watching God we can see the symbol and importance of horizons. Horizons, in Janie’s case, symbolizes how she matures as a woman, and seeks what love is, living and making choices as she desires! Meanwhile, she has no one to guide her, but God is by her side through every step of the way!
Before Janie’s grandmother died, she caught her kissing. From that day forward, she classified Janie as a young woman, and forced her to marry Logan Killocks. Janie had no interest in him. All she could pick out were the ugly features he had on the outside. She didn’t know anything about love, and wondered if she ever would. Logan didn’t treat her like a lady should be treated, so she ran off and married Joe. Being with Logan, Janie learned how it was like to be independent living away from home- her first step to adulthood! This was the first peek to widening Janie’s horizons.
Joe greeted Janie with the finest words as he walked by her yard. He began telling her how beautiful she was, and that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Looking for a way to escape this so-called love she and Logan was supposed to gain, she falls for his words, and runs off and marries him. Joe took Janie to a new town and showed her that he could be a man. He brought about new change to the town, and became the mayor! Janie already knew she was in love with him, but soon things began to feel different.
Joe began to get so busy. He never spent the quality time with Janie that was needed. The relationship started to seem more like a slave-master relationship than a marriage....
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