There Eyes Were Watching God Essay

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Love in Their Eyes Were Watching God Love plays a very important role in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes were watching God. Janie spent her days looking for love. She thought of love just as she thought of the elements of springtime: Sunny days, bright skies, and a bee pollinating pear tree blossoms. She searched far and wide for this kind of perfect love. Logan Killicks couldn't give this kind of love to Janie. He may not have loved her at all. To him, Janie was just another working set of hands. He treated her almost like another man “If Ah kin haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta be able tuh tote it inside” (P.26). He was inconsiderate of her feelings, her hopes, and her aspirations. He probably didn't know the color of her eyes. Janie was worked hard by Logan. He made her do all sorts of things that only men should have done. He was even going to make her plow the fields “ Ah aims tuh run two plows, and dis man Ah’m talking ‘bout is got uh mule all gentled up so even uh woman kin handel ‘im” (p.27) -a job that requires a considerable amount of strength: strength that Janie didn't have. Janie complained that nothing beautiful was ever said. She had no love with Logan Killicks. That is why she left him for a man that showed much potential to give the kind of love she was looking for. The whistling man that Janie ran away with was Jody Starks. With Jody, Janie thought that she would forever have "flower dust and springtime sprinkled over everything."(p.32). She thought she'd have "a bee for her bloom."(p.32). She didn't exactly find this in Jody though. In him she definitely found change and chance, but still not the love she was looking for. What Jody had for Janie was more of a lust than a love. He was very protective of her and didn't want anyone else to see in her what he saw “That night he ordered Janie to tie up her hair

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