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by Zora Neale Hurston

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How does each of Janie's relationships shape her as a person? How do they change her?

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Janie's relationship with Logan Killicks is what ultimately makes her a woman. She knows she's grown up when she realizes that marriage doesn't create love; she doesn't love Logan, and she believes he doesn't love her. Instead, his expectations make her feel alone and disrespected. She doesn't see his expressions of care for what they are; instead, she is bored and lonely. The relationship helps her understand herself and what she wants. When she ultimately leaves him, she is a woman with a better understanding of love and her own desires.

Joe Starks is Janie's husband for a long time; in that...

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Janie’s relationships are the best and easiest ways to understand her strength as a person, but also as a black woman.  During the time frame of the book, the woman was not considered an equal to her husband, and yet Janie did not follow that line.  Even when married, she pushed her husband to be the mayor, own the general story, and be a success.  The story of her past shows that his successes were due in large way to Janie.  Even after his death, Janie followed her own agenda when she met up with Tea Cake.  She followed him and his adventures rather than pushing him for success.  However her strength pulls through when she has to shot Tea Cake to save herself.  When returning to her home after Tea Cake’s death, she holds her head up high and knows that she is in charge of her own destiny, and not many people male or female, white or black could say the same.

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