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Kelly Mahoney Their Eyes Were Watching God English 132 Their Eyes Were Watching God tells the story of Janie Crawford and how she comes to discover herself. Some argue that Janie finds out who she is through her relationships with men, which is partly true because Hurston wrote the novel centered on Janie and her marriages, but ultimately Janie’s self-discovery comes through herself and realizations about the world around her. However, one of the themes of this novel is around the relationships between men and women and the belief that they need each other to give the other what is lacking. Janie lives her life with this notion that love should be based on mutual respect and reciprocity. So, while Janie becomes more and more independent, it is through her realizations about love and relationships that help her to find her voice and finally be secure in her independence. The process of her coming into adulthood and her own self begins when Janie is still a girl and is thrust into an unsatisfying and stifling marriage. Through her relationships with men, she emerges wiser and more independent after each failed one. Janie comes into her sexuality through a kiss over the fence with Johnny Taylor.
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2008 for the course ENG 132 taught by Professor Daly during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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