Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God

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Throughout history, stories from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Nicholas Sparks The Notebook, when you find true love, you have finally succeeded in life; however, you cannot love without letting go. In Zora Neale Hurston’s 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie fully comprehended that by when she lost her true love, she was finally able to reach that goal in life by loving it and losing it. While Janie’s past marriages with Logan and Joe did not work out, she later married Tea Cake and had reached her goal of finding her true love within Tea Cake. In his article “Crayon Enlargements of Life’: Zora Neale Hurston and the finding of her true love, Robert Hemenway precisely interprets Janie’s true love to have a direct correlation between…show more content…
Hemenway displays the word “symbolic” to describe Janie’s actions as important and having major effect on others. Instead of using a word like “represents” or “shows”, Hemenway chooses to use the word “symbolic” to represent Janie’s actions and their importance to the book. Janie’s action’s in this quote demonstrate her ability to grow into an “adult awareness of self” which literally means her conscious knowledge of her adult self. Janie’s actions symbolize herself as an adult but is not until the pear tree scene integrates with the horizon scene that this action is demonstrated. In the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, the author utilizes the use of metaphors such as the “imagery of the pear” scene which he exemplifies as Janie’s first sexual experience and feelings of sexual desire and love. In addition, Hemenway displays ‘motif of the horizon’ as a representation finding of the horizon with Tea Cake, it was the moment she found what love is and the moment she found herself in Tea Cake. “Besides she liked being lonesome for a change. This freedom feeling was fine. These men didn’t represent a thing she wanted to know
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