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Charles OduroMrs. WeberEnglish 9 Honors, Period 1December. 20. 2017Their Eyes Were Watching God – Chapters 3-5Summary: In the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God written by Zora Neale Hurston, the author starts chapter three with Janie Mae questioning whether or not marriage brings love; she questions because she does not love Logan Killicks, her husband. After three months of marriage, Janie results to going to Nanny for advice.

Janie confesses that she does not like Logan’s unromantic personality and his ugly appearance. When she starts to cry, Nanny sends her away, telling her to wait a while longer for love to come. Within a month, Nanny passes away, and after a year, Janie has learned that marriage does not bring love. At the end of the chapter, Janie’s dream of love has died, causing her to become a woman.

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Chapter four begins with the honeymoon period ending, and some resentment starting.The chapter starts with Logan begins to compare her to his first wife, explaining how she chopped wood with him. He believes she should be doing more manual labor, and maintain the house if she wants to be better than his first wife. When Logan leaves to get another mule, Janie finds finds Joe Starks, a.k.

a Jody, “… a cityfied, stylish dressed man” (Hurston 27). Jody talks to Janie about how she can make her feel like a woman, and proclaims a secret marriage. When Logan returns, he argues with Janie about their relationship, and the next morning Logan yells at Janie to help him shovel manure. Janie decides she has had enough and leaves Logan to get married to Jody, and run away with him.Quotes:Chapter 3 Quote:After her marriage, Janie explains to her Nanny about her issues with her new husband, Logan Killicks. She describes how she does not love Logan because of his unromantic behaviour and ugliness. She seems to be very impatient and very displeased of the ‘great’ Logan Killicks. Nanny thinks otherwise when she admires “‘You ain’t got nothin’ to be shamed of, honey, youse uh married ‘oman.

You got yo’ lawful husband same as Mis’ Washburn or anyone else!”‘ (Hurston 22). The two continue to banter and disagree; “‘ ‘Cause you told me Ah mus gointer love him, and, and Ah don’t. Maybe if somebody was to tell me how, Ah could do it”‘ “‘ You come heah wid yo’ mouf full uh foolishness on uh busy day. Heah you got uh prop tuh lean on all yo’ bawn days, and big protection, and everybody got tuh tip dey hat uh you and call you Mis’ Killicks, and you come worryin’ me ’bout love”‘ (Hurston 23). The two women keep going on at it, disagreeing with each other. The conversation between janie and Nanny describes the differences of how they perceive the world. To my mind, it sounds like Nanny wants Janie to live a protective basic life. She wants her to marry someone who would protect her from all natures, which is why she forced her to marry Logan, but Janie wants something different.

Janie wants to live a crazy life with a loving, sweet man. She wants someone who could please her emotionally and physically. Maybe Nanny also wanted Janie to marry Logan because it could revive her high and mighty role in society. I think nanny wants Janie to bring honor back into the family, to hush the judgemental porch gossipers.Chapter 4 Quote:Literary Devices:Chapter 3 Literary Device: After her marriage, Janie confided with Nanny, and explained to her how she does not love Logan and wishes the marriage did not happen.

She continues to explain how he is unromantic and does not fulfill her needs. She longs for fulfilment in him, but seems to not find any. It seems like she is trying to learn to love him but cannot. I think she tries to see past his ugliness, and into his deeper appearance; personality, but finds that is also not so pretty and romantic.

Her Nanny tells her to wait longer and love will come. A year after Nanny died, “Janie waited a bloom time, and a green time and an orange time. But when the pollen again gilded the sun and sifted down on the world she began to stand around the gate and expect things. What things? She didn’t know exactly…The familiar people and things had failed her so she hung over the gate and looked up the road towards way off. She knew now that marriage did not make love. Janie’s first dream was dead, so she became a woman” (Hurston 25). Janie is done. I think she has given up on any way to love Logan.

Though Janie is still inexperienced enough not to know what she really wants, she really doesn’t want Logan. Her innocence makes her yearn still for chivalric love but her horrible experience with Logan has gone a long way in killing her dream. The fact that “she became a woman” at the death of her dream means that womanhood is partly defined by suffering, disillusionment, and a loss of innocence. I think this does make Janie seem cowardly and spoiled. She complains to her Nanny, whom gives her suggestions, and waits until after she dies to say she wants the exact opposite of what is good for her. She thinks she knows what she wants and what is good for her, which might be true, but disregards why Nanny wanted her to marry Logan; protection.Chapter 4 Literary Device:Throughout the chapter, we see how Janie was right about Logan Killicks, and how he was not the husband she was meant to have.

Logan continually bilittles Janie, demeaning her, and overall acting like a jerk. When Logan leaves Janie alone at home, she finds Joe Starks. Joe Starks is the very impressive and aspiring man of Janie’s dreams. They begin to chat, and Janie describes her situation to Jody. Jody’s response was “‘You behind a plow! You ain’t got no mo’ business wid uh plow than uh hog is got wid uh holiday! You ain’t got no business cuttin’ up no seed p’taters neither. A pretty doll-baby lak you is made to sit on de front porch and rock and fan yo’self and eat p’taters dat other folks plant just special for you”‘ (Hurston 29).

Once I read this chapter, I immediately hate Logan Killicks, and admire Joe Starks. I believe Hurston created Jody just to be a foil to Logan. Jody states that he will take care of and protect Janie, and I believe it! It sounds like, Janie has finally found someone that can fulfill her. On the surface, Joe has a different conception of a woman’s proper role than Logan. A ‘pretty doll-baby’ should be treated like a queen, never obliged to work and always served by others. What the young, naive Janie does not realize is that Joe does not think that pampering a woman is necessary because she is a valuable human being, but because she is a valuable object.

This is not so different from Logan after all, who also considers Janie an object. For Jody, women are objects to look at; for Logan, they are objects to be utilized.Personal Insight:


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