Their Eyes Were Watching God

Love is a emotion hard to describe in word’s. love can take is shape
in many different forms and have different meanings to every person. Love
is a emotion felt from the day of birth, a infant to its mother or a
child’s first crush in elementary school. The theme of love is addressed in
Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God , a story about a
girl’s journey to find her ideal love. Janie goes through two bad
relationships and third times the charm, and with each relationship Janie
matures more and more in to a wise women.

Janie at age 16 got curious about love and exactly what it was she
found it to be some what like nature, comparing it to the spring season or
a bud of a tree….( Oh to be a pare tree- any tree in bloom!) (with
kissing bees singing of the beginning of the world!) (She had glossy leaves
and bursting buds.)pg11. Janie’s dreams of this natural love were soon
crushed by her grandmother Nanny. Nanny believed that it was silly for
Janie to have all these ideas about love, nanny thought it doesn’t matter
how much a man loves you, what matters is if he is rich and can provide
protection. Nanny arranges a marriage with a older man named Logan killicks
he has many acers of land and his own house.

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Janie goes along with the marriage Janie thinks that it doesn’t matter if
she loves him now she thinks the love will come in time,…. (did marriage
end the cosmic loneliness of the unmated?) (Did marriage compel love like
the sun the day?) (Husbands and wives loved each other, and that was what
marriage meant.)pg20. Janie soon find’s out this is not true she finds
herself just as lonely if not more than she did before.

Janie relationship with Logan is loveless and Logan has to many
exceptions for Janie, Around the house she is obligated to cook the meals
and clean the house chop the wood and help plow the fields. She doesn’t
love this man why would she be motivated to work for him.. (” if ah kin
haul de wood heah and chop it fuh yuh, look lak you oughta tote it
inside”)(” mah fust wife never bothered me bout chopin no wood
nohow……shed grab the ax and sling chips lak uh man you done and been
spoilt rotten”)pg25. there is absolutely no romantic spark between them.

Janie is still waiting on love.

Janie is married and alone still dreaming of her perfect love and
along comes smooth talking joe starks. Janie finds him quite attractive and
romantic . He sweet talks her telling her that she is to good to be working
the plow she should be pampered like some sort of queen…..(“you behind a
plow a pretty doll baby lak you is made to sit onde front porch and rock
and fan yoself and eat pataters dat outher folks plant just special for
you”)pg38 Janie thinks finley love has arrived she will now have a bee for
her bloom.

Janie still young still naive runs off with joe and marries. Joe’s and
Janie’s relationship seems so absolute at first, than Janie started to get
treated like that baby doll Joe referred to her as just a doll tucked away
on a shelf hidden away form the world around her. Once again working for
another man in the house around the store…. (Janie was a good cook, joe
had looked forward to his dinners as a refuge from other things so when the
bred didn’t rise, and the fish wasn’t quite done at the bone ,and the rice
was scorched, he slapped Janie. )pg67 Janie was marred to joe for years
once again unhappy and loveless, she devotes her everything to joe they
grew old and grew apart. Joe gets sick and dies once more Janie is alone
and loveless.

Janie continues on with her life taking care of joe’s business, and
things around her home not expecting to find love now at her old age. Much
to her surprise she get’s swept off her feet by a young man that goes by
the name of tea cake. He opens her up to a new world that she has never
experienced before, a relationship full of equity and laughter. He treated
her like no man had ever treated her before. Tea cake taught her how to
play checkers and fish, he was so fun so romantic Janie once agin took off
for this new love. Janie and tea cake have struggle’s like any couple but
Janie stuck it out she was in for the long run, she had never felt this way
towards a man in all her years…(“well, he said humbly, ” I reckon you
never ‘spected tuh come to dis when you took up with me, didja?”)pg158 (“
once upon a time, ah never ‘spected nothin ,’tea cake, but being dead from
standin’ still and tryin’ to laugh. But you come’ long and made somthin’
outa me. So ah’m thankful fuh anything we come through together.”)pg185.

They are so naturally perfect for each other, this is the natural love that
Janie has dreamed of her whole life and now she is living it . Janie
learned a lot of things along her journey for love, she learned that love
is not money, love is not outward appearance, love is not conditional Janie
now a wise old women has found the real bee for her bloom.