Give an example of the husband who was the least helpful to Janie and please explain how and why.

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Logan Killicks is the husband who is the least helpful to Janie in terms of her development as a woman because he is so much older than she; she can find nothing in him to love, and he expects her to work like a man.

In Chapter 3, Janie returns to Nanny and tells her that love has not developed in her marriage as she has hoped it would, "...'tain't nothin' dere." He is not mean or hurtful, but he does all "de wantin'" and Janie does none in their marital relationship; her marriage, she tells Nanny, is 

"a lonesome place like a stump in the middle of the woods where nobody had ever been."

Further, she tells Nanny that Logan is one of those people who never "was meant to be loved." Also, Logan has come to disregard her beautiful hair and speak to her in loving "rhymes," so he no longer expresses any manly desire in her as a woman. Now, although he does not physically mistreat her, Logan expects Janie to haul wood and other chores not fitting for a beloved wife. He even talks to her about buying a mule that she will be able to handle behind a plow.

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