At the end of the novel of Their Eyes Were Watching God, does Janie die? Or is she just thinking and daydreaming about Tea Cake and finding peace?

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Throughout the narrative of Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie is telling the story of her life to her old friend, Pheoby Watson. Janie's story is sad, then happy, then sad again, but as she tells it, she seems content with the life she lead. Once the story concludes, Pheoby is motivated to make the most out of her own life. When Janie retires to her bedroom that night, she realizes that despite the struggles her romantic life gave her over the years, she was incredibly lucky to wind up with Tea Cake. Through her relationship and time with Tea Cake, Janie found herself, and she is strong now, even without him. Realizing that she has finally reached her "horizon" and can be at peace, she is content. The story does not indicate that Janie has died.

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After Janie finishes her story to her old friend, Phoeby feels inspired to live more fully and hurries away,thinking of things to do with her husband, and promising to defend Janie against any of the townspeople who malign her. Afterwards, Janie goes to her room and senses the presence of Tea Cake so strongly that "the song of the sigh" of missing him "flew out the window." Now, she can be at peace: "She pulled in her horizon like a great fish net"; that is, Janie has lived as she wanted, and loved as she wanted--her horizons. And, so, she closes these horizons of her life around her in peace. No longer is Janie concerned with how others judge her or the moral code by which others deem she should live. Janie, at last, has found her own person right there in her old room.

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