Perceptions of Marriage in Their Eyes Were Watching God
For generations marriage has been accepted as a bond between two
people. However, the ideals involved in marriage differ by the individuals
involved. The book, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
clearly demonstrates these differences. In the book a girl by the name
Janie is raised by her grandmother and then married off by her grandmother.
Originally all Janie knows of marriage and love is what her grandmother
tells her. As Janie moves on in her life and re-marries, she finds that
everybody has their own idea towards the role of their ...view middle of the document...
beginning it appears to Janie that Logan is a very nice gentleman, who is
constantly treating her well. However as time goes on, Janie see Logan's
"true colors." Logan feels that if they are both going to live together
and share their lives then they should do an equal amount of work. Logan
soon puts Janie to work and treats her more like a mule than a wife. Logan
didn't want a wife out of marriage; he wanted a pack animal. Also, love
doesn't seem to be incorporated in Logan's definition of marriage. As
Janie said "Ah know ‘tain't nothin' dere." Logan didn't see marriage in
terms of love, he only saw it in terms of free labor.
After leaving Logan in search of love Janie finds Jody Starks.
Jody Starks is a thriving politician with a hard work ethic. He says he
loves Janie and even treats her the way a queen should be treated. Jody
keeps Janie looking prim and proper in the house and store. Jody truly
believes that women should be seen and not heard. Jody believes that in a
marriage that the man is boss and the wife should listen to him. He is a
true politician; on the outside he appears kind and gentle but from within
he is corrupt. Janie still can't find love and continues her search.
The final person that Janie attempts to find love in is Tea Cake
Woods. Tea Cake comes in a rescues Janie from her misery after the death
of Jody. It is here that Janie finally finds what true love is. Tea
Cake's idea of marriage is a mutual relationship where he would prefer to
support Janie. However when times are...