Their Eyes Were Watching God Character Analysis

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There are often moments in one’s journey, conflicts and struggles, that give us insight to who we really are and what we really want from our lives. This information enables people to discover their own happy ending. This can be applied to Zora Neale Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. The main character, Janie Crawford, embarks on a journey full of conflict, both internal and external, that make her reassess herself and her surroundings. Three marriages to three different men, are events that have changed how she views herself. Through these discoveries and moral journeys, she is able to reach her happy ending at the end of novel. Logan Killicks, an older, hardworking man, is Janie’s first husband. Arranged by Janie’s grandmother…show more content…
He allows her to play checkers in front of the general store, unlike her last husband, and treats her as a person and not an object. She finds what was missing in her previous two marriages in her union with Tea Cake. With him, Janie discovers things about herself that she had never known before. This is accompanied with teaching her new skills like the ability to shoot a gun, which ultimately kills him, and how to play checkers, an activity in which she was never permitted to play. Through Tea Cake, Jody is able to develop a better understanding of herself and what she truly wants, a marriage based off of actual love. Janie finds this in her current partner, plus the ability to find happiness and emotional security within herself without a man in her life to provide it for her. Tea Cake is the most important character in assisting Janie through her journey to a happy ending, which comes at the price Tea Cake’s death at the end of novel. After his funeral, Janie returns to her home, with a character defined by herself rather than another, confident in who she is and what she can do, and fulfilled by the love that she has found with her third, and final,

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