So you could argue that Janie is not to be praised or pitied. She searches for the horizon as it illustrates the distance one must travel in order to distinguish between illusion and reality, dream and truth, role and self. She begins dating Tea Cake despite critical gossip within the town. Nanny continually emphasized that love was something that was bound to happen after those needs were met; even though Nanny never married. The play first aired on February 19, 2011.
Because Janie strives for her own ind … ependence, others tend to judge her simply because she is daring enough to achieve her own autonomy. Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie suffered through many difficult situations that eventually enabled her to grow into an independent person. Sam states that nature helps us avoid dangerous situations explaining that our natural instinct helps us survive. He doesn't try to force Janie to be anything other than herself, and he treats her with respect.
Meanwhile, reviews of Hurston's book in the mainstream white press were largely positive, although they did not translate into significant retail sales. Review in New Masses, October 5, 1935. When Jody insults her appearance, Janie rips him to shreds in front of the townspeople, telling them all how ugly and impotent he is. The town's critique at the very beginning of the novel demonstrates that it is considered undignified for a woman of Janie's age to wear her hair down. But when Tea Cake, a man twelve years her junior, enters her life, Janie immediately senses a spark of mutual attraction. Turner, the bigoted restaurant owner, judges Janie.
Each stage in Janie's life was a shaping moment. She describes it as a sexual experience and imagines that would be what love and marriage would be like. Hurston's life in Eatonville and her extensive anthropological research on rural black folklore greatly influenced her writing. This method is very beneficial to those reading Zora Neale Hurston's text because of the simple symbols such as the porches, trees, and the horizon that may be overlooked. When analyzing his name, it is evident that the word stark is an essential clue.
Janie's three men are all very different, yet they were all Janie's husband at one point in her life. It could be a reference to the Hebrew name for Satan, Beelzebub. With Nanny, her caring grandmother, Janie experiences a love that is protective. For some, it comes easy and happens early in life. The man works and makes the money.
Another symbol is the gate that she kisses Johnny Taylor over. Wedding herself to Joe Starks brought her closer to others, than to herself. He asks her to run the store, but forbids her from participating in the substantial social life that occurs on the store's front porch. This is exactly what Janie did - she journeyed on the horizon. Three years later, she enrolled at Howard University and began her writing career.
Which of the rhetorical questions remain unanswerable? Bernard also brings forth the idea that Janie's construction of selfhood blossoms when Tea Cake, her third husband, allows her to participate in experiences unimaginable to her. He elects to stay in the house, sleep, and depend on luck. She deals with personal relationships as well as searches for self-awareness. They look towards God because only His will matters. Janie isn't a strong swimmer and Tea Cake has to hold her up.
Her strength and independence grow as Joe becomes weaker. She thought of love just as she thought of the elements of springtime: Sunny days, bright skies, a bee pollinating pear tree blossoms. The strength of the rushing water can knock any one person aside easily, and this illustrates the power that God and nature possess over human beings. We bend which ever way he blows. Deciding to run away with him, Janie has a friend look after the store, and the two head to to marry.
Janie yearns to experience true love, as well has have a sense of self worth. The novel is titled the Bluest Eye because of the predominate theme of the socialy comformed idea of beauty. It is also representative of the folkloric nature of Hurston's writing. Often, pride can lead to wrongdoing that is then recognized and regretted. After almost two decades of marriage, Janie finally asserts herself. During a huge party, a hurricane starts and begins to break up the party due to its severity. These writers created seminal works of American literature and gave credibility to the burgeoning American literary tradition.