Their Eyes Were Watching God Essay

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In Sickness And In Health, 'Til Death Do Us Part The late first lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Hate and force cannot be in just a part of the world without having an effect on the rest of it." Mrs. Roosevelt means that although one person may feel alone through the hardships one faces, one has millions beside oneself who can relate to and fathom what one may feel. Zora Neale Hurston shows that even though the people Janie meets maltreat her, their hate and control left her stronger than before, preparing her for the next challenges thrown at her. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, the surrounding death's of close relatives and family positively affect Janie because she gravitates on becoming more educated and wiser with each death she conquers in the obstacles she calls her life. In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Joe Stark's death positively affects Janie because she finally feels free of all control. The narrator says, “Weeping and wailing outside. Inside the expensive black folds were resurrection and life. She did not reach for anything, nor did the things of death reach inside to disturb her calm. She sent her face to Joe’s funeral, and herself rollicking with the springtime across the world” (Hurston 88). This epitomizes the positive effects of Joe’s death because Jamie finally feels inviolable and impregnable; and most predominately, free. All though, she obscures her true feelings and thoughts from the town in fear of becoming socially un-accepted. At the funeral, Janie converts into a wall of stone and steel, where she displays no emotions, a gray face covering up the colorful feelings going on inside. In addition, Janie tries to rid herself of the objects that prompt her of the things that represent the control people have over her. The narrator says, " Before she slept that night she burnt up every one of her head rags and went about the house next

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