Historical context[ edit ] Racial climate in the early s[ edit ] With legislation like the Jim Crow lawsenacted from tomany African-Americans were disfranchised. Groups like the Ku Klux Klan terrorized black citizens, leading to the steady decline of African-American political representation.
Janie discovers her will to find her voice when she is living with Logan. Since she did not marry him for love, tensions arise as time moves on and Logan begins to order her around. But Janie is young and her will has not yet been broken.
After Janie marries Joe, she discovers that he is not the person she thought he was. Throughout her twenty years of life with Joe, Janie loses her self-consciousness because she becomes like a little kid being told what to do by an adult, Joe.
She does it without even questioning herself, which is why I think that she loses the part of her voice that she has discovered by running away from Logan.
At times, she has enough courage to say no to Joe, but he always has something to say back that discourages Janie from continuing her argument. But, in my opinion, Janie does not lose her will to find herself and it might have even become stronger because the reader can see that Janie is not happy with the way things are now and that she will probably want to change them in the future.
When Joe dies and Janie marries Tea Cake, she feels free because even though Tea Cake asks for her opinion when he does something and cares about her. She becomes more sociable, wants to go places with Tea Cake, enjoys working with other people, and likes shooting game.
Although she never shot a rifle before, she becomes a better shooter that Tea Cake, and he respects her for that, which allows Janie to get back her self-respect which she had lost while being with her previous husbands.
She succeeds when she is with Tea Cake, which also marks the time when her inner voice starts to awaken. It has to do with her search for a name, and freedom for herself. As she goes through life her search takes many turns for the worse and a few for the better, but in the end she finds her true identity.
Through her marriages with Logan, Joe, then Tea Cake she figures out what is for her and how she wants to live. So in the end, she is where she wants to be. Nanny and Janie were pretty well off and had the privilege to live in the yard of white folks. While Janie was growing up she played with the white children.
Finally when she was older Nanny saw her doing something under the pear tree that she thought were unacceptable. Nanny quickly arranged a marriage between Janie and a well-off local man, Logan Killicks.
In this marriage Janie resisted. Logan Killicks, and she was somewhat obligated to do what he wanted. Not long into this marriage, Janie has had enough, and when the chance to go away with a smooth, romantic man, she takes the chance.
The man Janie left Logan for was named Joe Starks. Joe was a smart man who started his own town, Eatonville. In the beginning of her relationship with, Joe, she felt loved, something she never really felt while she had been with Logan. At first, when she ran away with Joe, she felt as if she was finding her new identity, but all there was for her to find was a great maze not always heading her toward her new identity.
While she was with Joe she felt as if she had a position of subservience to Joe, he did not see her as an equal. When Joe was nominated to be mayor, and the people wanted to hear from Mrs. Throughout this marriage Janie as though she was losing more and more of her identity and freedom in this marriage.
By the end of the marriage, she did not have her kitchen and house work that she loved to do, and she had lost her name. He was an unpretentious man without the status of high class, unlike Logan and Joe. He was just what Janie had wanted. Tea Cake gave Janie the freedom to do whatever she wanted.
He allowed her to play checkers and talk to whomever she wanted. The name issue arose again in this relationship.Janie Sixteen-year-old Janie Crawford dreams of love and wonders whether love will come with marriage.
Twenty-four years and three marriages later, Janie has experienced both love and personal growth. Nanny Born into slavery on a plantation near Savannah, she bears Leafy, her white master's child.
Janie Crawford. Janie Crawford is the novel's black female narrator and protagonist. Their Eyes were Watching God is a bildungsroman that follows Janie's formative years, beginning in her youth. Get the entire Their Eyes Were Watching God LitChart as a printable PDF.
"My students can't get enough of your charts and their results have gone through the roof." -Graham S. Janie Mae Crawford Although Their Eyes Were Watching God revolves around Janie’s relationships with other people, it is first and foremost a story of Janie’s search for spiritual enlightenment and a strong sense of her own identity.
Janie Crawford, the main character of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, strives to find her own voice throughout the novel and, in my opinion, she succeeds even though it takes her over thirty years to do it.
Character Analysis Janie Crawford Killicks Starks Woods Bookmark this page Manage My Reading List An unwritten law in the little community in which Janie Crawford grew up stated that no girl would appear in school better dressed than the other girls, even those wearing second-hand clothes.