The Last Journey Of Janie Analysis

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Janie’s dream has always been to travel to the horizon. For her, the horizon is a never-ending journey, her eternal quest for happiness. As her psyche and personality grow due to the hardships she has endured, her voice also develops. In a way, her voice also reflects her own independence. The story is mainly broken up into three parts of her development. These three parts chronicle her change from childhood and her childish misconception of a true love until her eventual peace and self-understanding. The beginning of her development is her first marriage to Logan Killicks, and her eventual desertion of him to what she thinks of as a better life. During the exposition, we see her being used by her grandmother as another chance at raising…show more content…
She is one of the most beautiful women that Joe has ever met, and he recognizes that. But instead of the love that Janie wants, he treats her like as a possession, a thing that he can show off and parade about. Nobody ever asks Janie what she wants. They all assume they know what’s best for her, and what she wants is what they want. So, Janie is always yearning for something. This strengthens her, and her voice and way of talking reflects that. She learns patience throughout her years with Joe. “She had learned how to talk some and leave some.” She learns that some things are better left alone, and might change with time. But she finally realizes some things, no matter how she wants them to change, will not change unless she makes them. She also realizes it is all right to talk back is she is being abused or being antagonized. “Naw, Ah ain’t no young gal no mo’ but Ah ain’t no old woman neither. Ah recon Ah looks mah age too. But Ah’m uh woman every inch of me, and Ah know it. Dat’s uh whole lot more’n you kin say.” page 79. After years of abuse and duress under Joe, she finally breaks and realizes that sometimes harsh things need to be said to achieve what is

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