Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay

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Ashane Davis Lovre P.1 A.P. Lit. 18 April, 2013 Logan, Jody, and Tea Cake To most people marriage is a sacred bond between two people. However, views on marriage differ between each person. The book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston clearly demonstrates how some people look at marriage differently than others. In the book the main character Janie is raised by her grandmother who gives her away to an older man she doesn’t know and is supposed to grow to love over time. Janie only knows what she is told by her grandmother about marriage. In life Janie re-marries twice, she then learns that opinions on the role of one’s significant other vary depending on the person. Each of Janie’s husbands has their own views on marriage. The first ideas of marriage Janie was exposed to be those that were taught to her by her grandmother (Nanny). Nanny arranged for Janie to be married as soon as possible in fear that she would go through the same things that Janie’s mother did. When Janie had asked Nanny about love, Nanny told her that marriage makes love and that she would find love after she marries Logan. Nanny thought security and stability came before love. Nanny felt that Janie was too young to make life decisions on her own, so when she caught Janie under the pear tree Nanny felt the need to marry Janie as soon as possible so that she would find love in a safe and secure place. Nanny has her own thoughts on marriage and later on in the novel Janie will soon learn that everyone looks at marriage differently. Janie’s first husband Logan Killicks, in the beginning Logan seems like nice gentleman, who is treating her well as well as taking care of her. As time goes on Janie Logan reveals his true colors. Logan feels that since they are together living under the same roof then they should be doing the same amount of work. Logan

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