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Their Eyes Were Watching God is an interesting book. To me it is the story of a woman named Janie who is a born survivor. Although her life is a constant struggle against poverty, racism, and sexism

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Their Eyes Were Watching God Theme: Essential Self-Centerdness-A Story of Survival Their Eyes Were Watching God is an interesting book. To me it is the story of a woman named Janie who is a born survivor. Although her life is a constant struggle against poverty, racism, and sexism, she remains true to herself. Some might consider being self-centered as being mean but Janie considered it survival. She is not afraid to pick up and leave a situation that tries to pull her down. She proves that again and again. When her grandmother, Nanny, urges her to marry Logan, she resists. He is too old for her and she knows nothing about marriage. Nanny is worried that Janie will have no one to protect her when she dies and Janie finally consents, hoping to find love. ...read more.

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Janie sees him as someone who appreciates her as a woman. Logan ties down her dreams and she wants more than the security he offers. When he tells her to help him move a pile of manure, she again stands up to him saying, "You don't need mah help out dere, Logan. Youse in yo ' place and Ah'm in mine." Clearly, she is resisting his effort to rule her. Logan threatens her and Janie leaves with Jody. He showers her with presents and makes her feel like a queen. He is driven by his ambition for money and power. His wife is not to be outshone by any other woman. Jody bosses Janie more and more as his power grows. She works in the store he owns and he criticizes her mistakes publicly. When he says that somebody has to think for women because they can't think for themselves, Janie speaks her own mind. ...read more.

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Janie hated that she had hurt Jody but she had to defend herself. She is a survivor. Janie has money now and lots of admirers. She meets Tea Cake and finally knows what love is all about. She ignores the criticism that he is younger and after her money. Janie lives her dream with Tea Cake until he dies. He is bitten by a mad dog and became mad himself. In his madness he tries to shoot Janie and Janie kills him in self-defense. She is a survivor. Janie returns home and hears gossip about her life. "Ah know all dem sitters-and talkers gointuh worry they guts into fiddle strings till dey find out whut we been talkin' 'bout. Dat's all right, Phoeby, tell'em." Janie explains to Pheoby that you can't listen to that kind of talk. She says there are two things everyone has to do for themselves. "...They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin fuh themselves." That's essential self-centeredness...that's Janie's survival. ...read more.

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