Their Eyes Were Watching God By Zora Neale Hurston Essay

1131 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
The perception of what roles each partner plays in marriage varies from person to person. Some individuals believe that partners should have more defined roles and others feel as though the purpose of marriage is to create an analogous bond between two individuals. In Zora Neale Hurston 's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Hurston shows the development of the story 's protagonist, Janie, throughout her three marriages and her perception of what marriage is. Janie 's three marriages each have certain attributes that distinguish them from one another and how they change Janie 's concept of marriage. The experiences Janie has in each marriage culminate to create what Janie believes to be needed in order for marriage to be successful. For generations marriage has been accepted as a bond between two people. However, the ideals involved in marriage differ by the individuals involved and these differences are clearly demonstrated in Their Eyes Were Watching God. In the book a girl by the name of Janie is raised by her grandmother who teaches her what she believes marriage. Originally all Janie knows of marriage and love is what her grandmother tells her, but as Janie moves on in her life, she finds that everybody has their own idea towards the role of their spouses in marriage. Over time Janie begins to develop her own ideas and ideals. In Their Eyes Were Watching God each principle character has their own perceptions towards what marriage should be about. The first ideas that…

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