How would you say Hurston treated marriage and/or women?Just wanted to know more about the author.  So far I have found out she when through some hard times.

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In two of Hurston's novels Their Eyes Were Watching God and Jonah's Gourd Vine, the portrayal of marriage and women is one of hardship.  The protagonist Janie of Their Eyes Were Watching God is married three times:  the first to a man of her grandmother's choosing, the next to a man whom Janie sees as an adventure, and the last to a man who adores her.  Janie is restricted in all of her marriages; even though her last marriage to Tea Cake seems like it is wonderful and freeing, he goes mad in the end and Janie only truly finds her independence once she is alone.  In Jonah's Gourd Vine, the protagonist John is a complete womanizer and still manages to hold on to his marriage to Lucy.  She, nevertheless, provides John with guidance and direction and John becomes successful in the church.  It is not clear why Lucy continues in her marriage to John as it is not clear why Janie remains married to Jody Starks who is abusive to her.  But these women struggle under the constraints of marriage and attempt to do their best with the burden.

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