"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neele Hurston.

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The Crux of Their Eyes Were Watching God

"Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up." -James Baldwin.

In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, a strong woman character told a story that I'm sure means a lot to women all over the world. Hers was a story about love and finding some meaning in her life. Throughout it, Janie, an African-American woman living in the early 20th Century, goes through trying experiences that can only make her more aware of what life entails. It's hard to say what specific event built more character in Janie's life than anything else, but, in my opinion, I have found something that comes close. I believe the time Janie stands up to her husband, Joe Starks, is the time that Janie learns how to speak her mind.

She learns who she wants to be and realizes what she does and does not want in her life.

In this scene, Janie (for the first time) tells Joe, or Jody as she used to call him, how he never really knew her. She told him that he took so much pride in his own doings that he didn't notice anything else around him. In the scene where Janie is finally letting loose, she tells him how she isn't satisfied with who she is. Did that mean she had ever changed or would have ever changed for him? No! She is able to tell him that, throughout his structured ways, she is able to hold onto what she really wants to be like. "Ah ain't gointuh hush." she said. (Pg. 86) Her sudden outburst is a change in...