Their Eyes Were Watching God In the novel ¨ Their Eyes Were Watching God,¨ written by Zora Neale Hurston, best known for being an African American writer, was published in 1937 long after the harlem renaissance. American literature in the 1920s was written mostly in a tone of liberty and experience from the postwar period, but when the 1930s rolled in it brought a depression to an end and culture started to grow which then allowed the harlem renaissance to flourish. Throughout the novel she utilizes and strong and interesting native structure. One of the protagonist of the novel Janie Mae-Crawford, a black african american that resembles some caucasian ancestry because of her long and straight black hair, defends her name and her right to have independence. She is seen as a spiritual enlightenment and has a strong sense of her identity. Janie’s search for unconditional love over time experiences different kinds of love and love within herself, she gains personal freedoms and strives for her own independence not letting people’s judgement bring her down but build her up. Janie was built with different types of love from her grandmother and from her 3 marriages. Theses are the types of love that have been there naturally, have broken her, of have made her to become stronger. In chapter two she says, ¨Through pollinated air she saw a glorious being coming up the road. In her former blindness she had known him as shiftless Johnny Taylor, tall and lean. That was before the golden dust of pollen had beglamored his rags and her eyes. In the last stages of Nanny’s sleep, she dreamed of voices. Voices far-off but persistent, and gradually coming nearer. Janie’s voice. Janie talking in whispery snatches with a male voice she couldn’t quite place. That brought her wide awake. She bolted upright and peered out of the window and saw Johnny Taylor lacerating her Janie with a kiss.¨ In this quotes she explains the sexual experiences she had under the pear tree when she was 16 with Tea Cake in which have changed the way she sees boys. She is now aware of her own body and her own desires in love , which then leads her to start wanting to love more. Her grandmother wants to her to find love properly and get married one day. Within the twenty four years after and after three marriages she has learned to love and personal growth. While her first marriage didn’t work out with Logan Killickes, becuase all she ever wanted was to be loved but all he could offer her was his farm and protection died off within a year and she ran off with Joe Starks. Joe Starks was an ambitious self-centered man that wanted nothing more but power and getting people to do what he wanted. He was the mayor of Eatonville and has always tried to dominate everything and one around him. Janie falls in love with the man because of his looks not because of who we was which was something she learned along the way, LOVE IS NOT ABOUT THE LOOKS. ¨It was a cityfied, stylish dressed man with his hat set at an angle that didn’t belong in these parts. His coat was over his arm, but he didn’t need it to represent his clothes. The shirt with the silk sleeve holders was dazzling enough for the world. He whistled, mopped his face and walked like he knew where he was going. He was a seal-brown color but he acted like Mr. Washburn or somebody like that to Janie.¨ He runs away and marries Janie not because he loves her but because she was young and beautiful and was only seen as an object or symbol of more power, and well Janie is there in love with a man she really doesnt love. He later died and Janie couldn’t care less. Tea Cakes being the last husband she had was the man that taught her everything. Tea Cake rolled up into town to go see a baseball game but then ends up meeting the love of his life. Tea Cake beats Janie and little by little he teaches her what love is by taking things slow and experiencing things she would of never thought she would do. Janie has always found him creative and open minding since the day under the tree and she admires that. Tea Cakes instead of changing Janie’s way of being, encourages who she is by introducing new skills and hobbies. Tea Cakes demonstrates Janie that she shouldn’t depend on him but she should depend on herself for love and care, that she shouldn’t depend on him for happiness but that she should find that on her own with security within herself. “You don’t have tuh say, if it wuzn’t fuh me, baby, cause Ah’m heah, and then Ah want yuh tuh know it’s uh man heah.” Tea Cake considers himself a man because he is always there for Janie and willing to perform all sorts of gallantries for her. In the end of the book Janie has to shoot and kill Cake to protect herself. Janie returns to Eatonville and her neighbors are all being nosy and want to know what happened to her, and Pheoby Watson, her very good friend goes to her home and Janie starts to tell her a story about love. How this young first looked for love from her grandmother who raised her, and then from all three of her husbands. When Janie explains her first two husbands it was like she had this tone of regret. A few weeks after Tea Cake’s death, Janie returns to Eatonville because she cannot bear to remain in the Everglades, where she is surrounded by memories. She is left with nothing but pain and love in her heart from the love of her life gone and her grandmother. Jaines hair represents more than beauty, it symbolizes domination over society and men. She is starting to show her determination, strength, and pride she has “The women took the faded shirt and muddy overalls and laid them away for remembrance. It was a weapon against her strength and it was a hope that she might fall to their level some day”. Yet Janie returns anyway, telling her friend Pheoby, “Ah don’t mean to bother wid tellin’ ’em nothin’…’tain’t worth the trouble…people like dem whats up too much time putting’ they mouf on things they don’t know nothin’ about.¨ She doesn’t care what people think of her, she’s experienced what life is, and her hair symbolizes self fulfillment.