Thier Eyes Were Watching God


Word Count: 440

In life everyone tries to find their true identity. For some it
comes naturally, for others it might take years to find their
identity, or they might never find it at all. In the novel Their
Eyes Were Watching God; Zora Neale Hurston reveals a
woman’s identity through her struggles in life, her treatment
by society, and her thoughts on life. Janie a young African
American girl who grew up in white life style; believed she
was related of them till about the age of six. This impact
changed Janie’s view on life. While she thought she was able
to do things the color of her skin held her back. This made
her try harder to accomplish her goals. When her
grandmother insisted that she marry Logan she did not want
to. Janie married him to fulfill her grandmother’s dreams.
Even though Janie did not love him she struggled till she
could not stand it and left with Joe.” It had always been his
wish and desire to be a big voice and he had to live nearly
thirty years to find a chance.” (28) While, Janie was with Joe
in Eaton Vile she had a higher status then the rest of the
towns people. Janie tried to interact with them, but Joe
would not let her. He thought of Janie as being better then all
of them. This led to the way she was treated in society. All
of the women in the town thought Janie had everything, but
Janie did not. She wanted to be excepted as part of them.
When Joe died people in the town expected Janie to be
mournful, so she put on an act for them. “She sent her face
to Joe’s funeral, and herself went rollicking with the
springtime across the world.” (88) After, Joe’s death Janie
still ran the store. While working she meet Tea Cake, he
showed her how to play checkers. “Somebody wanted her
to play. Somebody thought it natural for her to play.” (96)
This represents how he treated her as equal. Tea Cake
compared to the other two husbands in Janie’s life was
everything she was looking for. Tea Cake taught her so
much that she started to fell more independent. After, Tea
Cake’s death Janie grieves on the inside so much that she
did not care what people thought of her. She wore overhauls
that were all muddy. (189) After, all the struggles Janie went
through she finally found who she was. She did everything
everyone else wanted for her, but never did what she really
wanted for herself. After she found her true love she found
her identity, because this brought her closer to herself. This
made her whole and she finally knew what she wanted. It
did not come easy for Janie to find her identity. It took her
years to find out who she really was.