Their Eyes Were Watching God Marriage

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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…show more content…
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 begins to make Janie work treating her more like a mule than his wife. Love doesn't seem to matter to Logan nor does it define marriage to him. As Janie said "Ah know ‘tain't nothin' dere" (p.22). Logan only sees marriage as a source of free labor. After leaving Logan Janie finds love in Jody Starks. Jody Starks is an aspiring politician. Jodie loves Janie and treats her like a queen at first. However, Jody feels that women should be seen and not heard meaning a wife should do whatever her husband says with no questions asked. Jody feels that women should just be obedient. On the outside Jody seems like a kind and gentle man but isn’t. This is shown when he publicly hits…show more content…
In the beginning, Janie believed that marriage made love because that’s what she was taught soon she forgets about the ideas that were forced upon her and makes her own. In each of her marriages she sees marriage has a different meaning to everyone. Janie's last words were, "you must tell ‘em date love Anita smoothen' la ugh grindstone data's de same thing everywhere and do de same thing tub everything it touch. Love is la de sea. It's ugh moving' thing, but still and all, it takes shape from de shore it meets, and it's different with every shore." This shows that Janie came to the conclusion some people view marriage differently than others. This novel shows that love can only be found when your beliefs coincide with another's

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